Well, on Tuesday I traveled to the Houston Astros training camp. What a difference from the Braves! It was noticeable right away!
As I walked up to the fields I saw lots of people hanging around and the players walked through the area to the batting cages, etc. As they walked through the fans many of them took the time to sign autographs, pose for pictures, etc.
I got there a little late due to rain and a skype call, but I was glad I got there. The feel was completely different. It was FAN friendly and free. On the other hand, the Braves play at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports which costs almost $14 just to enter the complex.
A few of the Braves stopped to sign autographs but at all times they were at arm lengths away from the fans.
It was fun to visit the camps, but I like the more intimate settings as opposed to the unfriendly confines of the ESPn WWOS complex. It reminded me of three years ago when I visited the Orioles camp and the Cardinals game. They, too, were more intimate.
It was fun to watch all the kids of all ages trying to get autographs. Some of them must do this often as they know how to “encourage” the players to sign their stuff. I, on the other hand, didn’t even have a piece of paper with me, or photos of the players. I didn’t even know most of their names (of course, I live overseas and don’t get to see baseball games)…
Remember, this is just my opinion, but it does make me wish I had made the trip to Arizona… maybe someday…