Spring Training Flashbacks: Port St. Lucie - 2007

The Mets Grapefruit League home opened in the late '80s as Thomas J. White Stadium, and has been re-branded several times since.  It was Tradition Field when I saw a night game there in 2007.  Below: the park sports one of the first berms just past the outfield wall. The grassy incline adds to the informal mood of spring training.
A few moments around the batting cage.

Just before the first pitch, there were a pair of ceremonies. The first included Willie Randolph, who managed the Mets to the NL East title the year before.

The other focused on the Mets minor leaguers.  Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, who managed the Single-A St. Lucie Mets to the Florida State League title the year before, is second from the right.

It's game time with the Mets hosting the Orioles.  Below, David Wright smacks one toward the left field line.


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