(photo by John Lembo)Don't fret, folks. Our super-popular, groudbreaking Bradenton Spring Training blog returns to cyberspace Friday morning, when I, John Lembo, head back to McKechnie Field to watch the Pirates meet the Philadelphia Phillies. I'll be there Saturday, too, when those pesky Tampa Bay Rays make their way to Bradenton.
Where have we been?
First, the Pirates were off Tuesday and are on the road today (Sarasota) and Thursday (Fort Myers).
Second, we've been keeping our eye on the tradition-rich Sarasota Baseball Classic, one of the country's best high school tournaments. This year's field included six of our local teams, and two (Manatee and IMG Academy) are in the running to win a tournament championship.
Action concludes Thursday.
And that's why I included that pic detailing the life of the legendary Buck O'Neil. Most of the SBC games are being played at the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex in Sarasota, a sprawling site that also serves as the southern headquarters of the Baltimore Orioles.
It's a pretty cool set-up, although I am a little disappointed the recycling cans are still adorned with Orioles' dated bird logo.
Didn't they get the memo?