This is my sixth blog on JetBlue Park, the brand new spring training site of the Boston Red Sox. My intent is to continue the reports and pictures until the finishing touches have been applied to the facility. You can expect updates every 3 weeks or so as my schedule allows. Do you have any suggestions on what would improve the blog for you? You are welcome to post your thoughts in the comment section as long as you keep them G rated and respectful.
Construction on this facility is moving at a much faster pace than the Red Sox front office is moving in regards to the twenty-five man roster for 2012. JetBlue Park is scheduled to be completed by the middle of January, only five short weeks away. The progress is evident in the most recent pictures. The Monster South is now green. The 11,000 seats are being installed , the final roof supports are in place from first base to right field and new sod is being watered. I hope you enjoy the photos!
What we do know is Ben Cherington is the new Red Sox General Manager and Bobby Valentine is the manager. So far, Valentine has lived up to his reputation of staying in the spotlight. His enthusiasm has been a welcome addition in contrast to the somber September of last year when the wheels fell off.
To say the Sox front office is trying the patience of the fan base would be an understatement. Red Sox Nation has had very little to cheer about this winter. The news about acquiring Andrew Bailey created a brief buzz but he is a closer with an injury history. Madson is still out there along with Oswalt and Jackson but the Sox are spinning the poverty routine. Perhaps they feel the prices will drop. Surprisingly, the Yankees are also quite.
Papelbon will be difficult to replace but realistically how difficult will it be to improve on the 2011 production of Drew, Varitek, Wakefield, Lackey and Wheeler. Let’s hope the patience of the fans will be rewarded when Ben acquires the replacements for this not so formidable group of five. Which players would you like to see wearing the Sox laundry taking the field at JetBlue on the opening day of spring training? Do you have a prediction?With the news that Bard will be stretched out and Aceves already being told to expect the same, my guess is that news is coming shortly on Madson and/or Bailey.
The Red Sox have released their 2012 Spring Training Schedule. I know many of you are waiting for it. Copy and paste this link into your address bar: www.springtrainingonline.com/teams/boston-redsox-3.htm
The February reporting date is now about 2 months away. The Sox have announced that ticket prices will remain the same as last year. They will start at $5 for the reserved lawn area above the bullpen in right center and top out at $46 for the home plate dugout boxes. I’ll be there and hope you will be also!
Many of you have asked about the address of JetBlue Park, the new Red Sox Spring Training site. The location is 11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913. The Complex is approximately two miles east of Interstate 75, Exit 131 and approximately six miles from Southwest Florida International Airport.
For those of you considering a second home, I’ve included links to four highly sought after Fort Myers, Florida communities that are located within minutes of JetBlue Park and offer outstanding amenities. You can view photos and read about them on my website by clicking the links below or please don’t hesitate to contact me by clicking here. I will help you weigh the pro’s and con’s of each development, discuss resale properties in each community or answer any real estate questions you may have. All of the developments below are rich in amenities, have guarded entries, offer great rental opportunities and are about ten minutes away from the SW Florida Airport.
The Plantation (Gated Golfing Community)
Enjoy the photos below taken on December 9, 2011
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