I got back home around midnight and was dead tired (waking up when my roommate called, still in Tampa, to inform me with elation that he just partied with Dontrelle Willis). Anywho, here are some notes from the Sunday game in Dunedin:
* Knology Park is your run-of-the-mill Florida State League venue. It’s sparse, has a few concession stands and has a pretty friendly, family atmosphere. Not a bad place to watch a game. I sat down low; good view.
* Fans at Dunedin were nice. Their big tradition is the seventh-inning stretch, where their “best beer man in the world” leads a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” with a kid on top of his shoulders. Fun times.
* The area surrounding Knology Park is pretty seedy â€” construction, dirt lots and low-cost housing everywhere. I’m sure Dunedin isn’t too bad a place, but what I saw wasn’t anything to write home about.
* Large baseball cards featuring Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez and George Bell hang from the seating bowl in the concourse. Guys: Time to update that.