Spring training should be everyone baseball fan’s favorite time of year. What is a better excuse to get out of the winter weather and soak in the sun? This is the second year in a row that I’ve ditched the traditional spring break plans that most college students have, and instead went to sunny Florida to catch a few ballgames. My favorite part about the experience is being able to watch major league superstars play in a minor league sized stadiums. Although the superstars of major league baseball only get action for very few innings during spring training, the fans get to see the faces of the minor league teams, and the future stars of the MLB.
Spring training games are exclusive opportunities for the dedicated fans to be the first to preview the changes, witness the debuts, and watch some really entertaining baseball. For example, moments like Max Scherzer’s first appearance on the Nats, A-Rod’s return to the Yankees, and my favorite moment of spring training this season—Will Ferrell’s baseball debut.
Ferrell caught some heat in the press for his “10 positions in 10 different teams” journey. In his Stand-Up to Cancer campaign with Funny or Die, the Cactus League was blessed with Ferrell’s presence—and yes; he actually got to play at every position with ten different teams. John Madden was quoted saying, “I hate it”, in regards to Ferrell’s stunt. Ferrell then responded recognizing that he felt Madden didn’t realize that he was there for a charity event, and what a success it was! Ferrell raised around $1 million. Regardless of public opinion, spring training is a laid-back environment where events like #FerrellTakesTheField are harmless and entertaining. I just wish he came to the Grapefruit League as well!
Watch some funny highlights of Ferrell here: