Phillies vs Blue Jays-March 2, 2017

My favorite games are the ones where the Phillies play the Blue Jays here in Dunedin. Even with my bad foot, we live close enough that we can walk to the stadium without any difficulty. (If we don’t go, we can listen to the PA from the front porch!)

I will ALWAYS be a Phillies Girl, but that being said, the Jays are my American League team. I live in Dunedin and am invested in the team staying here in Dunedin. I’ve gotten to love the Jays. Currently, my favorite major league player is Jose Bautista and I was happy to get to see him play.

Aaron Nola was back on the mound for the first time since his surgery. The radar gun in Florida Auto Exchange Stadium was reading that Nola’s top speed was 94, much higher than the 91 we saw him hit in his professional debut when he played for the Clearwater Threshers vs the Lakeland Tigers. (You can read my blog about his debut game HERE.)

Aaron Nola
Aaron Nola

The first time Bautista was up, he missed a home run by just a few feet (as you can see below). He settled for a single.

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Jose Bautista misses a home run by just a few feet.
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Jose Bautista misses a home run by just a few feet, as you can see here.

Later, facing Ben Lively, Bautista would not be denied, he killed the ball and got a three run homer. I was particularly thrilled when I caught the ball going over the fence in right center.

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Bautista nails the pitch from Ben Lively
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Going…..
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Going….  
GONE! Bautista's ball clears the fence.
GONE! Bautista’s ball clears the fence. (Upper right-hand corner.)
Bautista comes home with a 3-run homer.
Bautista comes home with a 3-run homer.

It was a good day for a game. For someone who loves both teams, it couldn’t be more appropriate that the game ended in an 8-8 tie.

Baseball Ross and I put together a video that we think you’d like, with pictures and video from today’s game as well as our thoughts. You can watch the video HERE.

 

 

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Dunedin on the Eve of Spring Training 2017

All is quiet in Dunedin, Florida. The sun was shining, it’s a balmy 73* (That’s 28.8* C). What a great day to be alive in Dunedin!

Watch my blog to see how Dunedin is ready for the crowds of spring training fans to descend on the city. You can watch it HERE.

Welcome to Blue Jays Spring Training 2017
Welcome to Blue Jays Spring Training 2017