Gloves are popping and bats are cracking. Spring training games start this weekend, along with unrivaled player access.
From practice to impromptu autograph sessions, here are tips for baseball fans to get close to big leaguers:
– Arrive early: Players practice before games, starting around 9-10 a.m., offering up-close accessibility.
– Hang out near the tunnel: Players usually sign autographs along the walkway into the stadium.
– Find minor-league games of interest: Big-leaguers often get extra practice in minor-league spring games. Details are shared by the team or by beat reporters on Twitter.