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The nerve: Baltimore Orioles send spring training ticket form to South Floridians

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?

Categories: MLB (110), Spring Training (11), Tickets (126)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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