Reflection in an Odd Time

Spring break is usually a mixture of a beach, pool, sunglasses and sunscreen for me. This year, I was still applying sunscreen, but in a much different setting. The Grapefruit League spring training was incredibly fun to cover, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to participate. My …

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Parker Welch

Hello, my name is Parker Welch! I am a sophomore at the College of Journalism and Communications majoring in Sports Communications. I intend on pursuing a career that will keep me around sports and the atmospheres that I love. Currently, I am exploring the type of reporting that suites me …

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Parker’s Spring Training Experience

My overall experience was eye-opening and exciting! I was able to attend four different ballparks and took great experiences away from each one! For my first game, I attended the Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets @ First Data Field. Although I was not able to get a credential, I …

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Reflections – Sabrina

Over the course of a week, I attended five MLB spring training games on the west coast of Florida. I was able to watch all of these games from different perspectives – general admission seating, press box seating, and suite seating. Although I was unable to receive credentials for the …

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Reflections and Well Wishes from Ellory

Wow, what a week! What an incredible experience to cover Spring Training with some of the best access and coverage for a college student. A special thank you to the CJC, Eric Esterline, and the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies organization for their kindness and accessibility. I jumped in full …

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Reflections from Jojo

I’ve learned a few important things from my spring training experience, but the first one I can think of is that I want to be around baseball forever. I didn’t realize how much I had missed the sport until I walked into a ballpark for the first time since high …

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Joseph Lara

Hi, my name is Joseph Lara. I’m a sports and media journalism major at the University of Florida, but I hope to cover both traditional sports and esports. In high school, I would have football games on Friday nights and League of Legends tournaments on Saturday mornings; I want to …

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Reflection And Tips For Future Grapefruit Gators

Four games, four ballparks, six teams, and two coasts, what a hectic, crazy fun week it was. I ended up driving over 800 miles over the week. I listened to the entirety of A Tribe Called Quest’s discography. Midnight Marauders! What an album. And I got media credentials for the …

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My Spring Training Experience

First off, I would like to thank UF CJC, ESPN Gainesville, the Miami Marlins, the Tampa Bay Rays and Eric Esterline for allowing me to partake in this opportunity. This week opened my eyes to the different opportunities that are available within sports media and gave me real experience covering …

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Tampa Bay Rays on the right track to winning division crown

Since joining the league in 1998, the Tampa Bay Rays have been crowned division titles only twice. Constantly owning one of the lowest payrolls in MLB and sharing a division with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have contributed to this drought.  However, with a strong young core, …

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