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OSCEOLA COUNTY STADIUM

TEAM ::: HOUSTON ASTROS
LOCATION ::: KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA
MY FIRST GAME ::: MARCH 8, 1996
OPPONENT ::: NEW YORK YANKEES
NOTE ::: SPRING TRAINING GAME, STADIUM IS THE FORMER SUMMER HOME OF THE KISSIMMEE COBRAS

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: B
FOOD ::: C

MY TAKE ON THE PARK
 

THE FIRST THING I NOTICED ABOUT THIS PLACE IS NOBODY KNOWS WHERE THE HECK IT IS. SO, YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR FLORIDA ROADS TO GET AROUND BECAUSE NOTHING IS MARKED. ALSO, THE DIRECTIONS PROVIDED WERE NOT THE BEST I'VE EVER READ. HOPEFULLY THIS HAS ALL IMPROVED BECAUSE THE ASTROS HAVE BECOME A POPULAR SPRING TRAINING ATTRACTION.

SET WAY OFF THE ROAD, THE STADIUM SITS IN BACK OF A GRASS FIELD WHICH SERVES AS IT'S PARKING LOT. IT IS YOUR STANDARD ONE ENTRANCE STADIUM, A CENTER AISLEWAY FEEDS THE LOWER AND UPPER DECK. THE STADIUM SEATING IS METAL BLEACHERS WHICH I'M SURE ARE VERY COMFORTABLE IN THE SUMMER.

HOWEVER, BASEBALL IS NO LONGER PLAYED HERE IN THE SUMMER TIME, DUE TO THE MINOR LEAGUES ALIGNING HIGH AND LOW A CLASSIFICATIONS, THE KISSIMMEE COBRAS FOLDED, SO THIS STADIUM IS ONLY USED IN MARCH FOR THE HOUSTON ASTROS SPRING TRAINING. THIS WAS MY FIRST SPRING TRAINING GAME AND WHAT A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE IT WAS. IN THE LATER INNINGS YOU SEE PLAYERS RUNNING ALONG THE WARNING TRACK, WHILE THE GAME IS GOING ON. YOU BUMP INTO FRONT OFFICE PEOPLE, WE BUMPED INTO BOB WATSON, YANKEE GM, AT THIS GAME.

SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL IS SOMETHING I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF, BUT IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN FLORIDA AND DON'T WANT TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD ON A SUNNY MARCH AFTERNOON, STOP BY AND SEE AN ASTRO SPRING TRAINING GAME. IT'S BASEBALL, RIGHT?

THE LINE UPS
 

YANKEES MANAGER :::

 6 JOE TORRE

ASTROS MANAGER :::

 2 TERRY COLLINS

NEW YORK YANKEES

51 Bernie Williams cf

18 Mariano Duncan ss

12 Wade Boggs 3b

21 Paul O'Neil rf

13 Jim Leyritz 1b

64 Matt Luke lf

59 Andy Fox 2b

68 Mark Ronan c

11 Dwight Gooden p

22 Jimmy Key WP

HOUSTON ASTROS

19 Brian Hunter cf

7 Craig Biggio 2b

5 Jeff Bagwell 1b

14 Derek Bell rf

16 Derek May lf

17 Sean Barry 3b

3 Rick Wilkins c

12 Ricky Gutierez ss

37 Shane Reynolds p

50 Donnie Wall LP

NY YANKEES 001 153 210 13 11 0
A S T R O S 012 000 000 3 9 2

TIME ::: 2:49
ATTENDANCE ::: 3,662
WEATHER ::: BRIGHT FLORIDA SUN / COOL

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