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Day 7: Visiting Rays Spring Camp



Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/LOD

Day seven of my exclusive Legends On Deck journey through the Grapefruit League Spring Training took me on a one hour and a half trip just south of Tampa to Port Charlotte to visit the Tampa Bay Rays.

Unfortunately, it was physical day and practice was cut short….really short. However, I met a few operational personnel, that were extremely friendly and supportive of Legends On Deck and were proud to share the Rays Spring Training experience with me. They inspired me to cover they’re AA affiliate in Hudson, NY and the AAA Durham team when they visit Upstate New York.

First off, the stadium, Home of the Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs, what an awesome stadium, equipped with a children’s playground in right field, need I say more to the Rays moms and dads?? Just beautiful field as well as the practice fields.


Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/LOD

I was told that there was excellent fan player interaction, from my observations, and I don’t doubt it. The team store in the stadium provides an abundance of fan gear for the Rays addict, and from what I was told, there is a concession stand available during your spring training experience. Of course, I’ll say this, Parking is A+,with  a quick convenient walk to the fields.

So my friends, I encourage you all to head down and experience it for yourselves, and please any die-hard Rays fans share with us and your fellow fans your own Rays spring training journey.

Gabe has spent eight of his sixteen years in law enforcement as an Investigator and Crime Scene photographer. He turned his passion for photography, art, and sports and is the owner of GGR Photography. He specializes in action sports photography and is currently the official photographer for the Albany Athletics Twilight Baseball League in upstate New York. Gabe is also engaged in freelance photography for various youth sporting events in the Capital Region of New York, as well as New York State High School Athletic Association. His work is defined in the detail and commitment he has for sports, especially baseball. You can also reach out to Gabe at

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