While on vacation in Florida the first week of July, I was able to cross a baseball related goal off my bucket list. I have been to 3 different Cardinals minor league ball parks in Peoria, Springfield, and Memphis. Springfield is the longest drive at about 5.5 hours. The only remaining full season minor league team I have not seen is the Palm Beach Cardinals. They are located in Jupiter, Florida about 16 hours from my house, but only a 2 hour drive from Orlando where my daughter's dance competition was located. We made the drive on July 5 to watch them play the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates single A team.
Of course when we go to minor league games, we take the opportunity to get some autographs. Single A players are very accommodating before game time. Several even took a few minutes to ask my son and daughter about their ball seasons.
Springfield. Diekroeger is going the opposite direction. He had some time in Springfield, but was demoted.
While my son and I were graphing the home team, my wife and daughter graphed the Marauders side pregame. I had a few cards from my Trading Bases friend Ron B that he wanted for his Pirates collection. My wife said all of them were extremely nice. Good to see considering some of them are top prospects. I do not know much about these guys, so I will just show the cards.