Yankees and Tigers and Rays: Spring Training in Tampa Bay
Come usher in spring by watching and learning about America’s pastime. You’ll attend games, speak with experts and go behind-the-scenes at Tropicana Field.
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Program No. 11961RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

March madness in Florida is Baseball. Bats have swung and balls have flown for Spring Training in St. Petersburg for 100 years. Weather and schedule permitting, you will join the excitement in the ballpark watching the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays begin their prelude to summer. In the classroom, experts will enlighten you about the details behind America’s pastime to make the game experience even more enjoyable. You will hear colorful stories and anecdotes from those who live baseball — coaches, broadcasters, sports writers and historians. You will gain some insight about what agents look for when signing players and you will discuss controversies surrounding ethics in baseball. Whether new to the game or a diehard fan, everyone will learn to love the game even more than before.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a mile from parking to the stadium and climbing stadium steps.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Soak up the atmosphere, hear the crack of the bat and see the world’s best players up close at three spring training games (weather and game schedule permitting).
  • Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes field trip to Tropicana Field, domed home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Take a historical look at baseball through an exhibit showcasing the world's largest private collection of autographed baseballs.
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Bill Mathews
Bill Mathews came to Eckerd College as a player ('75-'77), was an assistant coach ('78-'81), then became head coach in 1990. Coach Mathews’ Eckerd baseball program is nationally renowned, and he won his 300th game at Eckerd in spring 2003. As official scorer of the Tampa Bay Rays for the past five years, he had the honor of scoring in the 2008 World Series — and has keen insight about the Rays, who are now annually rivaling the Red Sox and Yankees for AL East dominance.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Peter Golenbock
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Dick Crippen
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