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ED SMITH STADIUM

Always love the phrase "Game Tonight"

TEAM ::: SARASOTA REDS
 LOCATION ::: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
 MY FIRST VISIT ::: JUNE 18, 2007
 OPPONENT ::: CLEARWATER THRESHERS
 LEVEL ::: FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE 'A'

The Rally Gator, Sarasota's Excellent mascot

RATINGS

 BALLFIELD ::: B
SCOREBOARD ::: C
FOOD ::: D
FACILITIES ::: B
MASCOT ::: A+

Ed Smith Stadium from behind Home Plate

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

The aisleway at Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota

FLORIDA IS A WEIRD PLACE FOR BASEBALL AND WHEN YOU VISIT DURING THE
NON-SPRING TRAINING TIMES, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE THESE PARKS AS A
PLACE WHERE MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS WOULD PLAY. THE LOCATIONS OF THE PARKS
ARE EVEN MORE OBSCURE.
SARASOTA FALLS INTO THE VERY OBSCURE TYPE OF LOCATION. SITUATED ABOUT 5
MILES OFF OF THE MAIN DRAG IN SARASOTA, ABOUT 1/4 MILE FROM A SCHOOL
SITS ED SMITH STADIUM.

Ed Smith Stadium from the 3rd base side

ED SMITH STADIUM IS A SIMPLE TWO LEVEL CONCRETE PARK WITH SEATS FROM
BEHIND 3RD TO BEHIND 1ST SEATING APPROX 10,000. THE 10,000 SEATS ARE FOR
THE REDS SPRING TRAINING GAME IN MARCH BECAUSE THE SARASOTA TEAM DRAWS
ABOUT 2000 PER WEEK. THE THING ABOUT  THE 500 OR SO WHO VISIT NIGHTLY,
THEY MAKE THE NIGHT ENJOYABLE. SARASOTA IS ONE OF THOSE PARKS WHERE THE
HECKLERS MAKE THE PARK ENJOYABLE, NOT VULGAR OR REPETITIVE, THEY CHEER
THE GOOD AND ANNOY THE OPPONENT.

Nightfall at Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota

FREE PARKING AWAITS AT ED SMITH AND THERE SEEMS TO BE ENOUGH LOCATED IN
THE OUTFIELD. A LONG WALK FROM THE OUTFIELD TO THE HOME PLATE SEATING
SECTION, CHAIRS AWAIT THAT ARE NOT THE MOST COMFORTABLE BUT THEY ARE
CERTAINLY BETTER THAN METAL BLEACHERS.

Looking back at the walk into the park - Ed Smith

A view of the seating on the third base side

WHILE WATCHING THE GAME, THE SCOREBOARD DOES THE JOB OF GIVING THE LINE
SCORE BUT THAT IS ALL. A VERY GOOD SOUND SYSTEM HERE AND WHEN THE REDS
PITCHER STRIKES OU AN OPPONENT, THE PUNCH SOUND PLAYS ON THE SYSTEM.
THAT IS BIG FOR THE FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE.
THE FOOD HERE IS NOT VERY GOOD, $4.25 FOR A SOUVENIR SODA OR ON A
SPECIAL NIGHT, $10 FOR A TICKET AND ALL YOU CAN EAT. THE ALL YOU CAN EAT
SOUNDS GOOD BUT IF THE FOOD IS BAD, YOU WON'T WANT TO EAT IT.
THE MASCOT HERE, A GATOR, IS WAY TOO GOOD FOR THE CROWDS HERE. I FOUND
GATOR ENTERTAINING AND HOPED TO SEE A LITTLE MORE OF HIM.
ED SMITH STADIUM IS A TYPICAL FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE PARK.  SIMPLY A PLACE TO GO TO SEE A
GAME.

Looking towards left Field - Ed Smith Stadium

THE LINE UPS
 
CLEARWATER THRESHERS MANAGER :::
24 Dave Huppert
 
SARASOTA REDS MANAGER :::
11 Joe Ayrault

CLEARWATER THRESHERS
 
2 Greg Golson cf
12 Brad Harman 2b
34 Jason Donald ss
21 Jeremy Slayden lf
6 Lou Marson c
5 Nic Jackson rf
25 Clay Harris 1b
9 John Urick dh
27 Welinson Baez 3b
8 Josh Outman p
29 Will Savage LP

Pre-Game at Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fl

SARASOTA REDS
 
9 Mike Griffin 3b
7 Mike DeJesus 2b
32 Jay Bruce cf
23 Adam Rosales 1b
50 Jeremiah Piepkorn dh
22 Danny Dorn lf
27 Craig Tatum c
28 Eric Eymann ss
29 BJ Szymanski rf
34 Daryl Thompson p
35 Ramon Ramirez WP
30 Josh Roenicke S

The Final Score off the Scoreboard at E Smith Stad

THRESHERS   010   020   000    3   8   0
      REDS         000   000  04x     4   6   1
 
TIME ::: 2:53
ATTENDANCE ::: 472
WEATHER ::: 87 MOSTLY CLOUDY, EXTREMELY HUMID

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