SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Spring break memories

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 03:11 PM.

This week, local students have a week off for spring break.

As a sports writer, I haven't been able to enjoy too many spring breaks. It’s a busy time for me, with the job going full throttle, but that's OK because I enjoy this season most.

Eleven years ago, I managed to squeeze in a few days off about this time of year and it was one of the best weeks of my life.

I'm not too old to enjoy local beaches, but I really don't want to contend with college students for a place in the sand. Instead of doing the beach thing, I headed south and took in a couple of spring training baseball games.

I was at my parents' house in DeLand and my dad and I made a trip across the state to Clearwater to see his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies, take on the Boston Red Sox in a mid-week game. That Saturday, we headed 60 miles south to the spring training home of the Florida Marlins as they hosted my favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Joining Dad and I for the Marlins-Dodgers game was Stuart, my then 9-year old nephew.

I’ve never had children, so spending that afternoon with Dad and Stuart was one of the favorite days of my life. It was so much fun sitting in the stands with Dad and watching Stuart figure out the best way to approach players for an autograph.

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