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Spring Training blog: A trip to Port St. Lucie

by Bryce Moore

KMOV.com

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 6 at 3:37 PM

Today I traveled to Port St. Lucie with my father Sam and brother Tim to watch the Cardinals play the Mets. The town is located 40 miles north of Jupiter straight up Highway 95. New York's home games are played at Tradition Field. It's a spacious, beautiful ballpark that seats more than 7,000 fans and like Roger Dean Stadium there's not a bad seat in the house. Two things that really stood out at this park were the food and the affordability. The stadium has all of the traditional food like hot dogs, nachos, peanuts and popcorn but picks it up a few notches with pulled pork subs, hand tossed pizza, knish, and stadium favorite taco in a helmet. This is a taco without a shell placed in a miniature Mets' helmet. Fans polled say it's awesome. If you have a sweet tooth, I can tell you first hand, the funnel cake topped with powdered sugar is outstanding. A fan can purchase a ticket in the bleachers for six dollars. An upper reserve seat, still close to the field, cost only $12. Having priced tickets throughout the Grapefruit League these seats are about 35% cheaper on average. Now to baseball, the Cardinals beat a Mets team mostly void of its starting players by the score of 15-4. Chris Duncan led the way with four hits including a three run homer in the first inning. Second base candidate Joe Thurston continued to make his case by having a multi-hit game and playing excellent defense. Kyle Lohse found his grove today by pitching four scoreless innings. To my surprise there was no heckling from Mets fans. Actually, I enjoyed exchanging stories with the New York fan sitting next to me about the pond scum days, although I did hear a few times "If it weren't for that Yadi Molina."

- Terry Cancila, News 4

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