Mets’ Spring Training
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Fly to West Palm Beach, then take I-95 North about 55 miles to Exit 121 and Tradition Field. The Mets’ spring home is so small-townish, you might see Jose Reyes at Wal-Mart. American, Delta, JetBlue, and Continental fly direct ($200 round-trip).
GETTING GAME TIX
Buy in advance at Mets.com. Bleacher seats run $6, box seats $25—except for the Red Sox tilt on March 10, when they ratchet up to $10 and $35. Most days you’ll be able to get tix at the park, even if it means spreading out a picnic blanket on the grassy knoll behind the outfield ($6).
WHERE TO STAY
The SpringHill Suites (772-871-2929) is a player favorite just a mile from Tradition Field. You won’t bump into Johan Santana at the ice machine—the big shots live in their own condos—but you might see minor leaguers. For more luxury, try the Sheraton PGA Vacation Resort (772-460-5700).
AT THE FIELD
Autograph hounds loiter at Field 2, where players run and stretch after games (David Wright’s the most accommodating signer). If you’re hoping to see one of the Carloses—Beltran or Delgado—in a game, plan your trip for mid-March. Early in camp, veterans are already behind the wheels of their Ferraris by the fourth inning.
WHERE TO EAT
Listen in on nearby cell conversations while eating seafood at the West End Grill (866-548-8752), a regular haunt for Mets beat writers. Thirty minutes southeast, in Jensen Beach, is Peter’s Steakhouse (772-225-2516), run by Peter Buchner, who did twenty years at Peter Luger.
AFTER THE GAME
The hypercompetitive Wright goes bowling at Superplay USA (772-408-5800), which also has mini-golf and a sports bar. There’s good shopping (Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Bose) at the Vero Beach outlets (772-770-6097) 30 minutes north.