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Mottzilla, Author at Through The Fence Baseball

Mottzilla

I'm a recently laid-off 34-year-old sportswriter from Saginaw, Michigan, recommitting to my first love -- Baseball. I've covered a host of professional sporting events for newsprint and online media, including the Detroit Lions Training Camp from 1996 through 2001, the 2002 NBA All-Star game, the 2004 and 2005 NBA Finals, features for the Detroit Tigers run to the 2006 World Series and University of Michigan football. I appreciate the opportunity to post stories here at Through the Fence Baseball. I'll chronicle a few firsts in this game for me, from my first trip to Spring Training in the Grapefruit League to my first season of fantasy baseball. Hopefully I can relate to some of you baseball nuts out there.

Spring training trips are a lot of work! (photo by Geoff Mott)
By Mottzilla On Saturday, March 24th, 2012
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Day eight: Score one for the Canadians, eh

Spring training trips are a lot of work! (photo by Geoff Mott) Canadians invaded South Florida on my eighth and final day of this Grapefruit League tour. Our neighbors to the north came out victorious. I doubled More...

Another great day for a spring training game in Orlando. (photo by Geoff Mott)
By Mottzilla On Friday, March 23rd, 2012
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Day seven: It’s a pretty nice stadium, after all

Another great day for a spring training game at Champion Stadium in Orlando. (photo by Geoff Mott) After catching a foul ball in Lakeland on Wednesday, there really was only one move left for me on this trip around More...

Geoff snags front-row seats and, eventually, a foul ball. (photo by Geoff Mott)
By Mottzilla On Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
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Day six: The baseball gods are with me

Geoff snags front-row seats and, eventually, a foul ball. (photo by Geoff Mott) Always stuck in the back of your mind at a baseball game is how you would react if a ball is hit your way. If you’re in the outfield, More...

There's no denying you're in Yankees territory when visiting Steinbrenner Field. (Photo by Geoff Mott)
By Mottzilla On Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
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Day five: Doubling the pleasure, doubling the fun

  I’ve been wearing my Detroit Tigers gear everywhere I go on this Grapefruit League tour. There's no denying you're in Yankees territory when visiting Steinbrenner Field. (Photo by Geoff Mott) Most More...

JetBlue Park allows fans to watch a game through the Mini Green Monster. (photo by Geoff Mott)
By Mottzilla On Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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Day four: Little Green Monster inside a space shuttle

JetBlue Park allows fans to watch a game through its mini Green Monster. (photo by Geoff Mott) JetBlue Park is the creme de la creme of Grapefruit League stadiums. And of course it belongs to the Boston Red Sox. I More...

Spring training games in the Florida heat are not complete without a $5 shaved ice. (Photo by Geoff Mott)
By Mottzilla On Monday, March 19th, 2012
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Day three: You stay classy Minnesota Twins

Spring training games in the Florida heat are not complete without a $5 sno-cone. (Photo by Geoff Mott) I’ve always respected the Minnesota Twins organization. That’s hard to say after they ruined my More...


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