Spring Training is 38 days away…

Michael Baron , Contributor

Mets’ Pitchers and Catchers will report to Port St. Lucie on February 11 – we are just 38 days away from baseball being back.

Digital Domain Park

I’ve been going to Port St. Lucie for Spring Training since I was ten years old, and every year I say the same thing: there’s no experience like Spring Training, and watching baseball in February and March. I recommend a trip for anyone with the opportunity – each year seems better than the last, and the facility in Port St. Lucie is among the best in Florida for fans. It’s a chance to interact one-on-one with any player or coach, see the team’s prospects, get autographs and personal pictures, and more. Major League workouts begin daily between at around 8:30 – 9:00 am and typically run until around 12:00 pm. They are free of charge to attend and run through the duration of Spring Training.

Last March, my wife and I had a baby girl (Victoria Shea Baron), and for good reason, my time at camp was limited. This year, I plan on arriving to camp in early February for early voluntary workouts, and then again once pitchers and catchers report.  My dad plans to be with me at some point in late February, and I am looking forward to sharing the experience with him again; we missed it last year due to the baby being born. I expect to be shooting photographs, live blogging events at camp, and helping to bring the entire experience to all of you. I find genuine enjoyment in the whole experience, as it marks the first official day of the baseball season; it’s the end of the talking and the start of the doing; and the beginning of a journey with the team I truly love to follow.