LMT Stops #4 & 5: Port St. Lucie & Vero Beach, FL.

Excellent Adventure Day # 41

Let’s Play Two

Sunday, May 19, 1991 was the first of seventeen times that the math involved in trying to see 178 parks in the same baseball season requited us to see two in the same day.

Fortunately, Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach aren’t that far apart (about 28 miles) and given that the St. Lucie Mets were playing what turned out to be their last Sunday day game of the season, and the Vero Beach Dodgers didn’t host the Miami Miracle until that night we made it in plenty of time.+

Highlights of this stop…we threw out the first pitch and had lots of room to roam in the cavernous, then new, spring home of the Mets. The visiting Lakeland Tigers got the better of the Mets though, 3-2. Afterward, we jumped right back in the car and headed for Vero…as you’ll see….we were rocking out to 80s pop on the way.

The Trip

The Video

There were only a few hundred fans at this Sunday matinee so it is hard to compete with the packed house in Jacksonville I showed you this weekend but it is a nice look at Thomas J. White Stadium which is still in use by the Mets although it is now going by the name Clover Field.

The Video – Part Two

It rained a little on Sunday afternoon at St. Lucie and it rained some more at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach on Sunday night but we made it all the way through both games anyway. Holman Stadium, which still exists in Dodgertown, was last used by the Dodgers in 2006 and has been out of the Florida State league for more than a decade but it was a magical place.

In the On Deck Circle: The West Palm Beach Expos

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