Sport: A Place for Bright Starts

Despite the plastic grass, the Grapefruit League still has charms

Something disturbing is going on in Florida. Parodying the rest of the map, ambitious little villages are swiping one another's ball clubs. Just this spring the Cincinnati Reds have moved from Tampa to Plant City, the New York Mets from St. Petersburg to Port St. Lucie and the Kansas City Royals from Fort Myers to an amusement park in Haines City once known as Circus World and now identified as Boardwalk & Baseball.

A Ferris wheel peeks over the roof into the stadium, and a roller coaster screams by third base. Though the infield grass is plastic, the place is handsome....

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