Tuesday night, an agreement was reached to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers to a group led by Guggenheim Partners executive Mark Walter and LA sports/business icon Magic Johnson. The group, which also includes longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten and Hollywood producer/Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, paid embattled owner Frank McCourt a reported $2.15 billion for the legendary American sports franchise.
Ohio initially appeared to be the place that represented itself the strongest in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, after the Buckeye State became the very first state to ever produce four Sweet Sixteen teams (Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier & Ohio U). While three of these four schools went down in defeat over the weekend, the lion’s share of college hoops fans in the state are still on top of the world, as Thad Matta’s Ohio State team will be heading to New Orleans, after defeating Syracuse during Saturday’s East Regional Final in Boston.
The state of Ohio has a lot to brag about at the present time, but nothing even close to what the folks across the border in Kentucky are currently experiencing.
During the past several seasons, a trip to St. Louis Cardinals spring training has involved the presence of arguably the greatest player and manager of this generation of Major League Baseball (Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa). This Grapefruit League season, a visit to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida has a significantly different feel, as the defending World Series champs are getting ready to begin a new era of baseball, void of the iconic franchise’s two most recent cornerstones.
During Florida’s Grapefruit League schedule, without question, the highest level of spring training activity centers around George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Located directly across the street from Raymond James Stadium (home of the Buccaneers) and just down the street from the Bucs practice facility and Tampa Bay International Airport, the 31-acre New York Yankees spring training venue packs in crowds of more than 11,000 snowbirds, vacationers and full-time area residents, throughout the months of February and March.
When combining Florida’s warm winters, with a lack of state income tax, many current and former Major League players choose to make their winter/primary residences in the Sunshine State.