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Day 30 “College Baseball Classics”

phillies footI started the “Baseball in America Tour 2014” at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida.   I have attended 15 NCAA D1 & D3 games at this event, it was started by Steve Partington and his wife Shannon.  Steve is a retired college baseball umpire who has been involved with baseball all his life.  He was a college baseball umpire for over 30 years. This event started on February 14th and runs through March 22nd.   The last 3 games I have watched were at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Florida and runs the entire month of March, teams in this event are D3 and NAIA schools.  The Lee County Parks and Recreation Department has run this classic for the past 24 years.

These events offer Men’s NCAA and NAIA Baseball teams an opportunity to participate in regular season games during their schools spring break.  Approximately 500 teams come from many of the cold winter climate states and represent NCAA D1, D2, D3 and NAIA schools.  If you like college baseball, Florida is the place to be during the February and March.  There are these types of “classics” all over south Florida and bring in millions of dollars to the local economies. I just want to clarify that these are not tournaments, just a way for the schools to get some “dirt time”…

Well I am going to end this post on that note, I need a few days to mentally recuperate from the first 30 days of daily blogging, I wanted to give a quick shout out to these events where I have spent a lot of time.  I did find an interesting story for tomorrow at todays game, so look for that!

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4 thoughts on “Day 30 “College Baseball Classics”

  1. Well John I hope you are right. The Badgers only national title was 1941, 73 years ago. I have Florida beating Wisconsin in the final and Duke and Virginia joining them in the Final Four. Everyone loves Michigan State and not much love for Wichita State. Well see. AND today happy belated St Patricks day and you saw my American League favorite Red Sox beat Beth’s Cardinals again. And that’s really great she is helping you to edit your blogs.Talk soon. Paul

  2. You deserve a break. You have been very diligent and bring us great stories about the “fans”. Take it easy and enjoy!

  3. Safe travels my friend and Enjoy the NCAA Tournament as well. Go Badgers!

    1. Thanks Paul! Go Badgers #2 seed, I am such homer that I picked them to win it all, lol!

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