Spring Training won’t be the same without Bob Feller

Three years ago I took my son on the ultimate Father & Son trip to baseball’s Spring Training in Florida. Spring training is at the core of watching sports on a dime. Great baseball tickets for practically nothing. No other major sport provides the opportunity for fans to sit up close and receive so many autographs as spring training. The highlight of our trip was meeting Bob Feller. The majority of the American public didn’t quite comprehend with his passing we truly lost an American hero.

Had we not had the opportunity to meet him and then taken the time to read Bob Feller’s Little Black Book of Baseball Wisdom, I’m sure I wouldn’t have realized what a true American hero he was. Most Americans know Bob Feller was a hall of fame pitcher for the ClevelanBob Feller Baseball Spring Training Cleveland Indiansd Indians. Many fail to realize he left baseball during the prime of his career to serve his country in World War II. Contrast that sacrifice with the “tough” choice All-Star basketball players face in representing their country every other year to play basketball.

After reading a book on spring training indicating Bob Feller attended almost every Cleveland Indians spring training game, we decided to make Winter Haven one of our stops (the Indians now reside in Goodyear, Arizona for spring training). We were impressed to see him dressed in his full Cleveland Indians uniform. Before the game he warmed up with a young teenager. I hate to admit this but at 90 years old he could throw a baseball faster than I could!

Once the game started, Bob Feller went to a table and signed autographs and took photos with baseball spring training fans for the rest of the game. I’m not aware of another pro athlete let alone a hall of fame baseball pitcher who loved the game enough to spend that kind of time with the fans. If you know of any, please share in the comments section.

The Cleveland Indians Spring training baseball experience just won’t be the same without Bob Feller. I’m grateful for the opportunity we had to meet him and I was able to introduce my son to a living and legendary American hero.

2 Responsesto “Spring Training won’t be the same without Bob Feller”

  1. [...] Baseball, Spring Training | 0 comments TweetIn 2008 I took my son to Florida for a week to watch Spring Training on the ultimate Father and Son’s trip. Later that year, the Phillies won the World Series and [...]

  2. John says:

    Do you have any insights on mlb all star game tickets? I’d love to go but wondering when is the best time to buy?

    • March Madness says:

      One option is to buy Season tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks – but probably more baseball tickets than you want. A random drawing is also held, but the deadline was February 17th. I will be doing a future post on MLB all-star game tickets and tracking supply and prices on the reseller sites. I would predict prices will come down as game time approaches like most events. Also, Phoenix is not a baseball town and I doubt lots of fans are going to want to plan their summer trip to Phoenix in the middle of July.

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