2009 Florida Spring Training Tour, Day 4 (Detroit Tigers)

BY: T.C.

As much as I love the Tigers, I have to admit that their camp in Lakeland is among the most fan-unfriendly spring training camps in Florida.  There is really only one place to get autographs, which is along an approximately 100 foot fence that runs from the player’s parking lot to the practice fields.  You only have access to players on their way to and from the fields.  This is the element that bugs me the most about Tigertown.  Many of the other camps that are in Florida offer tremendous access to the players (the Twins and Astros come to mind).  At some of these camps, you can even walk with the players as they move from field to field.  The large number of fans that the Tigers draw to Lakeland compounds the accessibility problem.  If you don’t get to Lakeland early in the morning and “stake your claim” to a spot on the fenceline, you have virtually no chance of getting autographs.  This makes for a very long and boring day, as you really cannot give your spot up to go watch practice.  In fact, the most interesting thing I saw at the Tigers’ camp on Monday was a bird that was plucking lizards out of the bushes. 

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I ended up staying in Lakeland until about 12:30, at which point I decided to leave and head down to Fort Myers.  Here are my totals for the day:

Tom Brookens Card x 1
Ray Burris Card x 1
Casey Crosby Cards x 4
Casey Fien Card x 1
Alexis Gomez Cards x 3
Curtis Granderson Card x 1
Scott Green Cards x 3
Mike Hessman Cards x 2
Edwin Jackson Cards x 4
Jeff Kunkel Cards x 3
Brandon Lyon Cards x 2
Macay McBride Cards x 3
Ryan Perry Cards x 7
Rick Porcello Cards x 2
Rick Porcello RMLB x 1
Ryan Raburn Cards x 3
Bobby Seay Cards x 3
Zach Simons Card x 1
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1 Response to “2009 Florida Spring Training Tour, Day 4 (Detroit Tigers)”


  1. 1 andyandvickie March 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Wow! That sounds like a great day. Enjoy seeing the Tigers.
    andyandvickie.wordpress.com


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