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Here are some games you really don’t want to miss

By JOHN ROMANO

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 5, 1999


Once again, the boss has dismissed your proposal to shut down the office for a week-long spring break.

So that means you’ve got to plan carefully to satisfy all your spring training urges. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a game of the week for the Grapefruit League season.

And remember, we will not be held responsible if there is a rash of sick days exercised on any of these particular dates.

MARCH 4: Blue Jays vs. Yankees at Legends Field in Tampa. This has the potential to be the highlight of the spring. Not only is it the first time the defending world champions take the field, but it could be the first time we see Roger Clemens on the mound in a Yankees uniform. Against his old club, no less.

(Alternate weekend game: Braves vs. Devil Rays at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg on March 6.)

MARCH 11: Cardinals vs. Royals at Baseball City Stadium. This will be Mark McGwire’s closest trip to Tampa Bay. Of course, there is a chance Big Mac will decide to skip the long bus ride up from Jupiter. Let’s hope for the best.

(Alternate weekend game: Dodgers vs. Indians at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven on March 13.)

MARCH 19: Yankees vs. Devil Rays at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg. Now if only we could get George Steinbrenner and Vince Naimoli to put on Bermuda shorts and sit on the leftfield berm during the game, the afternoon would be complete.

(Alternate weekend game: Mets vs. Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on March 20.)

MARCH 22: Indians vs. Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The Alomars, Thome, Vizquel, Fryman, Lofton, Ramirez, Justice, Lopez, Boone, Weiss, Jones, Glavine, Smoltz, Maddux. A literal who’s who of All-Stars in a rare spring night game.

(Alternate weekend game: Yankees vs. Phillies at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater on March 27.)

MARCH 31: Astros vs. Dodgers at Dodgertown in Vero Beach. If you’ve never been to Dodgertown, this might be your last chance. The complex that brought us Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda might cease to exist. The Fox Group is considering moving the Dodgers spring training site to Arizona after 51 years in Vero Beach. This could well be the last game the Dodgers play there.

 

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