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Winter Warmup (+ Parking Question)


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Is anyone going to Winter Warmup? I'll probably go tomorrow. I have a few questions about it, as I've never been to it:

 

How realistic is it to get a few balls autographs? Would I need to bring my own, or do they provide/sell them at the park?

 

Is parking free?

 

Just in general, how is it? Is it a nice experience, or a piece of shit?

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You can bring your own item to get signed, if not they have generic marlins cards available.

 

Parking is 5 in the home plate garage.

 

Buy a authentic $20 ball from Walmart and a pack of cheap blue pens (Bic). That's the best combo. The blue pens don't bleed or fade on the real leather. Everything else disappears after a few years or looks like junk.

 

Or use a hat and sharpie.

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So did anyone actually go?

I went, not bad although I thought it was a much smaller crowd than I expected.

 

Pretty surprised no one else has posted on here about it.

 

Anyways, Ed Lucas was a total champ for me in trying to get my uber-shy son to take a picture with him. Lucas is my boy's name and Ed was trying to show him the back of his jersey with the Lucas name on it and so on.

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Silver, I think I saw that take place. Was your kid covering his face with a glove or hat?

 

Yeah that was him. He spent all week anxiously awaiting winter warmup, once we got face to face with actual real life baseball players, he totally fizzled into this suddenly shy kid. Ed Lucas tried but to no avail lol, but its all good, I appreciated the effort. Sam Dyson was telling me to snatch off my boy's cap right before the pic was taken, which, trust me, not a good idea. Lol, all in all it was an awkwardly memorable moment. It reminded me of when u look at really young kids taking a pic on Santa's lap and they're exploding with tears. I can't wait for another year or two when my boy is rushing to take pics with players and I remind him of the weekend he just had.

 

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how old is he Silver?

 

I'm thinking of taking my kid down for some spring training games. To this point he hasn't really shown much interest in baseball but thought he might have fun on a little road trip w/ the old man. Maybe plan our a few games in the Orlando area. Viera vs Nats, maybe Detroit or Houston's place. Would be nice to check out some sites I haven't visited.

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how old is he Silver?

 

I'm thinking of taking my kid down for some spring training games. To this point he hasn't really shown much interest in baseball but thought he might have fun on a little road trip w/ the old man. Maybe plan our a few games in the Orlando area. Viera vs Nats, maybe Detroit or Houston's place. Would be nice to check out some sites I haven't visited.

 

He's 5...although he's admittedly a little behind for some things. Right now he has an interest in baseball moreso just cuz daddy has it all over the house and thus he's exposed to it all the time, especially at this time of year. (For a while he was under the impression that every single baseball team on TV was the Marlins.) He enjoys going to games but moreso cuz he wants to see Billy, see the roof opening, see fireworks on Friday nights, and cuz he knows if he behaves he'll get some cotton candy. He reacts accordingly when I get up to cheer or he hears the crowd reacting but he still doesn't watch the games to have any clue what's actually happening. Has no clue of the score or anything like that. He just knows the guy with the bat has to hit the ball and they either did or didn't. He does like to try it himself though, for Christmas I got him a tee and he spends plenty of time in the yard just trying to make contact. He's not there yet but I looooove his interest in it and I'm positive he'll get the hang of it soon enough. He's the kind of kid that wants to be out in our yard until the sun goes down even if he hasn't hit the ball once, he's still swinging away.

 

Kinda just being a dad rambling now but the point is, no matter what age or level they're at, just get your kids exposed to it without forcing it on them and eventually that should get the ball rolling.

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