Day Two started at Pirate City. Minor league players were everywhere to be seen on the five and a half fields. Happily, I was able to meet Tim Williams, who runs the excellent Pirates Prospects. Tim informed me that Gerrit Cole would not be pitching, but luckily there was still (as always) plenty to see. A quick photo essay:
Coaches watch batting practice.
Club President Frank Coonelly gives a tour. Steve Blass gave a similar tour earlier.
Sanchez about to step in the cage.
“The Legend” Garrett Jones had a fan on site. The crowd was sparse when we arrived but filled in a lot by the time we broke for lunch.
Autograph hounds float around too. Here, they descend on Tony Sanchez.
The pictures turned out more Tony Sanchez-centric than I intended. Not pictured but seen running various drills: Stetson Allie, Gorkys Hernandez, Mel Rojas, Jr., and Brian Friday.
Lunch was at the nearby Mixon Fruit Farm where my Dad and I ate with fellow Pirate fan Matt Brown. I had a tasty Cuban sandwich followed by this number for dessert.
That is a swirl of orange ice cream made with fresh squeezed orange juice. It tasted just like a cream-sickle only better.
Mixon’s came highly recommended and now I know why. This will definitely become a regular part of our trips to Spring Training.
Coming up: Part II: McKechnie Field and the Tigers.
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