Reds Rally Day was held in Sarasota today. Baseball fans turned out - at least a couple hundred - to get a spring fever fix.
Major League spring training has been a part of Sarasota for about 70 years. Jeff LaHurd's article about the NY Giants in this weeks SHT was a reminder of how long this community has been connected to baseball.
Jeff has a new book about Spring Training in Sarasota. It is available at Sarasota News and Books.
These days the Cincinnati Reds are the center piece of Sarasota's baseball fans. Over the years the Giants, Red Sox and White Sox have also spent spring time in Sarasota.
Politicians, team managers and players, a jazzy band and a color guard were part of the festivities.
Young and old, baseball fans can't seem to get enough of this national pastime.