Photographer Amanda Fewer and her husband, Rick, spent 40 days in the Sunshine State this spring.
They flew the Calgary-Toronto-Tampa, but that was just the start of Amanda and Rick’s travels. They drove about 2,000 miles from Dunedin, to Clearwater, Bradenton, Orlando, Miami and back and to St.Pete’s.
In her travels Amanda shot pictures for the Canadian Baseball Network on the Toronto Blue Jays, Team Canada and the Canadian Junior National Team.
All the better to take pictures of the Okotoks Dawgs this summer.
Some of her best ...
You would smile too if you had the kind of spring Francisco Liriano had. He allowed four runs in 18 innings.
RHP Aaron Sanchez has the look of someone coming off an 18-win season and leading the AL in ERA.
Marcus Stroman enjoyed his spring ... which took him to Miami, Los Angeles and San Diego and the World Baseball Classic title and MVP honors.
RP Roberto Osuna looks locked and loaded, ready to go, but opened the season on the disabled list.
Manager John Gibbons and bench coach DeMarlo Hale double check the Blue Jays lineup.
Who is this salty fellow? Well, it is new back-up C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
INF Shane Opitz is cool as the other side of the pillow.
Amanda made the six-hour drive from Dunedin to Miami (or as my old boss used to say "could you just slide by Miami." After I'd tell him it is actually not sliding distance, but five or six hours he would say "but it looks so close on the map." There Amanda covered the World Baseball Classic.
The future approaches OF Tyler O'Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) former Langley Blaze slugger, followed by Ontario Blue Jay grad Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.)
C George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) getting loose.
OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) former Oakville Royal, strokes a line drive ... he suffered a concussion in Miami and opened the season on the disabled list.
Coach Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.)
RP Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) of the Detroit Tigers.
Former AL MVP Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) a North Delta Blue Jays grad
Scott Matheson (Aldergrove. BC) a Langley Blaze grad, now pitches for the Yomiuri Giants.
INF Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) who played for the Ontario Blue Jays, won a College World Series and was drafted last June by the Tigers.
LHP Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, Ont.) a Chicago Cubs farmhand who played for the Ontario Prospects.
C Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ont.) a former Ontario Blue Jay, drafted from Florida Gulf Coast.
LHP Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.)
RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC) a Philadelphia Phillies top pitching prospect
RP Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC) a slugger turned reliever in the St. Louis Cardinals system.
Atlanta Braves 1B Fred Freeman, along with his father, who grew up in Windsor, Ont.
3B Eric Wood (Pickering, Ont.) an Ontario Blue Jays grad, from the Pittsburgh Pirates system.
1B Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) of the San Diego Padres, a former Ontario Blue Jay.
And Amanda just didn't take picture of the high rollers. There she was clicking away as the best high schoolers from across Canada played first and second-year pros.
INF Adam Hall (London, Ont.) of the Great Lake Canadians
INF Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) of the Victoria Mariners.
INF Edouard Julien (Quebec Ciity, Que.)
LHP Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.) of the Ontario Blue Jays.
C Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) of the Ontario Blue Jays.
RHP Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) of Dean DiCenzo’s Ontario Terriers
Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, BC) of the Vauxhall Jets
All-star bat boy Ty Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) asks Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) of the Toronto Mets where the nearest barber shop is.
And finally ... the reason so many Canadians want to play baseball ... Sir Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) ...