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Hey there,

"People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball," said infielder Rogers Hornsby. "I stare out the window and wait for spring..."

Luckily for us, spring is almost here, and we're well into MLB Spring Training! And that means it's nearly time to turn up the heat... at the stadium, in your backyard, on the grill! 

So, in the spirit of baseball ⚾️and Spring Training, check out our top recipes from the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League, this week's MLB stories, a "Natural" cocktail, and more! 



All my best,
Daina

GOOD READS: Spring Training

Spring Training Recap

The Best Of The Best From Spring Training's First Weeks
We could all use a little good news right about now, no? If you're a baseball fan... It's Spring Training! The Marlins have kicked it off with a 6-0 run, Ubaldo Jimenez is back in purple, and the iconic outfielder, Ichiro Suzuki, apparently has a fastball up his sleeve. (Check it out here!)


 Our Take: 
All of these stories are great, but our favorite is Luke Farrell pitching in front of his dad. After a line drive broke his jaw last year, landing him with a concussion and a metal plate surgically implanted in his jawbone, the Rangers pitcher retook to the field in front of his dad, John Farrell (former Manager for Red Sox and Blue Jays). 

SPOTLIGHT ON: Cody Thomas

Cody Thomas, MVP of Spring Training
Cody Thomas, MVP of Spring Training
Remember that guy who played quarterback for Oklahoma a few years ago? (Yeah, him). Now, he's crushing it in the MLB. That said, it has only been a week, so there's no reason to get overly pumped juuuust yet, but if Cody Thomas' early stats - 4 home runs and 8 RBIs in only 13 at-bats - indicate what is to come from this guy, then he's definitely one to watch this year. 👀


 Our Take: 
Last week, Thomas hit an opposite-field home run, then robbed a home run from the White Sox while playing right field. A few days later, he crushed another homer, and two more the following Saturday (in the same inning no less). While many of these games weren't even televised, they say one ball went 430 feet and another one has yet to land... 😮

 

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RECIPES: Spring Training Eats!

“When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat.
I also eat when we're rained out..."
-Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers Manager
Cactus League Nachos

Cactus League Nachos
Everyone knows there's great food at the ballpark, but Spring Training in Arizona has taken concessions to a new level. From Camelback Ranch's "Wok Off Noodles & Rice," to Goodyear's chili cheese dog pizza, to Peoria's $20 All You Can Eat Deck (hot dogs, hamburgers, peanuts, chips, and sodas), there's something for everyone! 

 Why We Love This: 
"Sloppy, spicy and gooey." This is the type of description you want when it comes to nachos. This recipe includes all the goods with some surprising hidden spices to shake things up!

PRO TIP: For more baseball and food fun, take a deep dive into the food culture of the Cactus League with an inside look with, Small Town, Big Deal.

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Lobster Roll

Grapefruit League Lobster Roll
Not too long ago, the Connecticut Tigers rebranded themselves the New England Lobster Rolls (talk about a commitment). If you're familiar with the region, it pretty much goes without saying that lobster rolls are a staple in many Northeastern stadiums. The best news ever is that this tradition has now made its way to Florida! 

 Why We Love This: 
We love traditional Maine style lobster rolls, but these Connecticut style rolls have our full attention! Warm, buttery chopped lobster with celery, lemon juice, and toasted buns... Need we say more? No. Clearly, we do not! This simple combo is one of the best meals you'll ever eat. Go check out this recipe NOW!

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The Natural Drink

The Natural
Simply fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes, then add 2 ounces of dark rum, 1 ounce of brandy, 3/4 ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 ounce of orgeat syrup, and 1/2 ounce grenadine. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Ummm...Yum! 


 Why We Love This: 
"C'mon Hobbs!" Like the Robert Redford movie it's based on, this classic cocktail is damn near perfect. Also featured alongside "The Natural" (click the cocktail photo above) is a list of other delicious backyard baseball cocktails including "The Enchanted Field," the "Rusty Nail" and "King's Peg." Pick your poison!

PRO TIP: Find all of your cocktail-making and mixing supplies (ice trays, muddling sets, etc) at Arctic Chill, a Hungry Fan Approved Brand. 
 

Want more recipes?
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ESSENTIAL GEAR: Spring Training Guides
Spring Training Guide Florida
Complete Spring Training Guide (Florida Edition)

Heading down to the sweet life of the Grapefruit League? This book has all the things you need. Best seats at the ballpark, must-see attractions before and after games, travel tips, historic references, and special 2020 insider info.

Get it here on Kindle!

 
Spring Training Guide Arizona
Complete Spring Training Guide (Arizona Edition)

Is The Desert More Your Style? This book includes everything you need to know about the ten training camps, where to find the best seats, info on the renovated parks and major changes coming to the MLB 2020 season.

Get it here on Kindle!
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