While my first love will always be the Phillies, I must admit that my new hometown Dunedin Blue Jays have stolen a piece of my heart.
While Dunedin is surrounded by Clearwater and it’s sprawl, Dunedin has managed to keep the feel of a small town. There are no chain stores or restaurants down town and everything is walkable…including the ballpark. Florida Auto Exchange Stadium is just five blocks from the center of downtown.
It’s a small stadium but it does fill a good part of what makes my hometown special. Where I live, just a few blocks from the stadium, there are Dunedin Blue Jays banners.
It just ties the stadium into the surrounding neighborhoods. I love living where I do, I can sit on my front porch and listen to the game, not on the radio, but wafting on the warm Florida breeze. When there are fireworks, I don’t have to move from my easy chair in the living room, I can see them from there.
With Dunedin being so much smaller, you also get the benefit of knowing the staff, having them welcome you back as you pass through the gates or come up to the concession stand. It’s almost like the old TV show, “Cheers” it’s a place where “everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.”
Ross and I found our house because we got lost on the way to a Phillies and Jays spring training game. Not only did we find our home because of baseball in Dunedin, we fell in love with our new hometown because of baseball.
There’s no other place I’d rather live.