Friday, the Pirates played at the Atlanta Braves’ spring site, Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando. What a change from Bradenton! Everything looked like a Disney production — freshly painted, clean and bright. During batting practice, the public address system played a totally PC playlist from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s — the raciest tune was “Afternoon Delight” by the Starland Vocal Band. Everyone smiled and was pleasant, offering directions around the park without being asked first.
Today, the Bucs were in Tampa to play the Yankees at Legends. We were directed to five different parking lots before finally stumbling across the one reserved for media. And the guy at the gate tried to get us to pay $10 to park, even though media parking is free. Nobody smiled. During b.p., the speakers blared a Beastie Boys tune.
Love New York? Not me.