Spring Training and More
My son Steven and I acquired tickets to one of the last 2009 Spring Training games of the Atlanta Braves. The Saturday game at Disney's Wide World of Sports was sold out because the New York Yankees were in town! In fact, we had to park offsite since the main parking lot filled quickly. I took a photo of Steven boarding our shuttle bus to the stadium.
The weather was perfect for baseball, and Yankees fans were well represented here at the Braves' home field. The outfield classic (three-circle) Mickey is still in place, although the grass texture inside the Mickey has changed.
Adding to the excitement, the spectators were pleasantly surprised by a jolt that shook the entire stadium shortly after 3 p.m. The jolt was a sonic boom caused by the Shuttle Discovery as it passed overhead nearby on the way to its landing strip at Cape Canaveral.
The drama continued to the bottom of the ninth, as the Braves had an opportunity with men on base to tie or even win the game (with a home run). However, the Yankees prevailed, possibly foretelling a good season for them?
After the game, Steven and I drove to Epcot. We wandered around World Showcase and the Flower and Garden Festival exhibits. Along the way, we confirmed that the rock Hidden Mickey in Japan is still there. (I worry about the longevity of this one!)
We made our traditional stop at the park in the United Kingdom pavilion to hear great 60's music by The British Invasion. It's fun to watch the kids dance to the retro beat, and even Tigger was rocking on outside his character greeting spot at the back of the park.
We checked out the Flower Power group; tonight featured Paul Revere and the Raiders. I think Steven enjoyed the performance. After all, I raised him on Rock 'n' Roll music. He told me he remembered most of the songs they played!