Spring Training!

Tigers License PlateI’m always happy when my thoughts turn to Spring Training. I’m not the only one:

In winter, the grass grows in uneven tufts on the diamond at Joker Marchant Stadium. The blue-and-orange Tigers logo atop the dugout needs painting. On an unusually steamy January morning, my footsteps whisper there, empty and wistful.

Worry not. Lakeland will be ready for spring training, just six weeks away. — Ellen Creager

Ms. Creager’s comment was her lead in an article for yesterday’s Detroit Free Press. Her article addresses our city for Tigers fans heading here for Spring training. She has nothing but good words for Lakeland. I encourage you to read her comments about Lakeland and the people she’s met here.

Ledger honcho Barry Friedman pointed me to another article Creager wrote three years ago.

Lakeland, once a drive-by citrus city in central Florida, has transformed itself into a small mecca of cool. — Ellen Creager

I think we have a new city motto.

Photo of a Tigers fan’s car outside Joker Merchant Stadium this past Saturday. The morning Spring Training tickets went on sale.