Viera, Florida, has been the spring training home for the Washington Nationals since the team’s inception in 2005 and author Jim Maggiore has made the sojourn to Florida every year to watch the team get ready for the regular season.
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Viera, Florida, has been the spring training home for the Washington Nationals since the team’s inception in 2005 and author Jim Maggiore has made the sojourn to Florida every year to watch the team get ready for the regular season. From Nick Johnson and Frank Robinson to Jayson Werth and Matt Williams, this book captures the Nationals in action through the years, not only on the diamond of Space Coast Stadium, but also on the backfields of the Nationals’ spring training site.
The enthusiasm, optimism, and insouciance of spring are delivered in these pages, as well as suggestions for getting the most out of a visit to Viera. Nationals fan or not, you will greatly appreciate this work; through its spring training stories and more than 200 photographs, it captures the intimacy and charm of baseball’s spring training season.
248 x 172 mm
15 March 2015
223 colour photographs
Jim Maggiore has been a diehard baseball fan since 1964 and, after a thirty-three-year career in the information technology arena, he now is a freelance writer and photographer. This is his second book; previously he co-authored Celebrating 100 Years of Baseball in Greater Binghamton: Tales from the Binghamton Baseball Shrine. You can keep up with his work at jimmaggiore.wordpress.com.
Since 1988 the New York Mets have used Port St. Lucie (a.k.a. "St. Lucie") as their spring training home. Loyal fans from Flushing and beyond have made an annual trek to the bucolic backfields of St. Lucie to literally walk in the footsteps of their baseball heroes.