After 14 years of holding spring training at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, the Baltimore Orioles practically snuck out of town last year.
When their long-sought plans for an overhauled stadium got stuck in between the FAA and the city, the team was lured to Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium without so much as a goodbye.
No final spring in Fort Lauderdale tribute; no end of the spring training era finale.
So, that’s why it was a little startling when a brochure advertising the Orioles’ spring season tickets arrived in my mailbox. In Sarasota -- that's 205 miles and, according to the spring training media guide, four hours and 20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale.
But who’s counting?
It’s probably a good marketing move. The brochures were sent to people who bought individual spring training game tickets last year.
But is it just me or does that take nerve?