Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bicycle Stories Says Adios To Chain Of Lakes Park In Winter Haven

Today the Tour de Spring Training arrived in Winter Haven, where the Cleveland Indians played their last game at their spring ballyard here in the middle of Polk County. The Indians' ballpark is a small bandbox of quirkiness, but not much space for cool money-making amenities. So, the Indians are off to Arizona.

At Chain of Lakes Park, no other Cleveland Indians player is more recognizable than the great Hall of Famer Bob Feller. Here he is leaving the ballpark in uniform, getting in his car and heading to his condo for a rest between autograph sessions.

Check out Bob Feller's hand-written words on the sign.

Last time the Indians player flags will wave in Winter Haven.

Your final lineups at the Indians' ballyard.

Capacity is about 7,000.

Some spring stadiums won't let you leave and come back but not the Indians' ball yard, where the ushers were stamping the folks to allow them to return.

Slim pickens in the Indians store.

On a nearby field, some prospects are hoping to make the bigs one day while a few fans catch the action.

Again another stadium with not much bicycle parking.

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