2021 Spring Training Schedule
Spring Training 2021 is underway. Whatever happens STLSportsPage.com will have you covered.
This year, as we do every year we are offering our special promotional code for the Homewood Suites so you can get a discount on your reservations in. We have ours, and will be in Florida providing the Jupiter Minutes just as we have for many years..
Because of the uniqueness of this year, reservations are expected to be high so be sure to contact the Homewood Suites so you can be sure to get your spot this year for Spring Training– whatever it will be.
If worried about the virus, the management of the Homewood Suites in Palm Beach Gardens is right on top of things with cleanliness. We were there for two weeks after MLB shut down Spring Training last spring– as were many of you– and the height of the pandemic was underway. We felt very safe. They were constantly cleaning and everyone has masks, so if you are looking for a safe place for a get-away or trip to Spring Training check out the Homewood Suites. We have a special promotional rate so be sure to take advantage of it.
OUR SPRING TRAINING HEADQUARTERS
Address: 4700 Donald Ross Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
If you call the hotel (561) 207-2664 (or (561) 622-7799)– ask for Elise Robinson and tell her you want Rob Rains’ discount.
The Homewood Suites is near the ballpark and they have free shuttles to get you there hassle-free. They also have a work-out room, the pool shown in the photo to the left, and a putting green.
Two meals are served and they have outdoor seating available. (Scroll down for COVID 19 updates about the Homewood Suites PBG.
On our way to– and from– Spring Training…
Drury Hotels have free breakfast and dinner every day of the week, plus they have swimming pools, hot tubs and work-out rooms. For those wanting to add Orlando to their trip there is a Drury Hotel there.
Some of the stops we have made on our way to Florida with Drury Hotels near are: Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Valdosta, Georgia; Gainesville, Florida; and Orlando.There is a new Drury Hotel in Fort Myers, Florida for those wanting to travel to an away game in Fort Myers. Drury Hotels are based in Missouri and are a family-owned business. Use Promocode: SPORTS at any Drury Hotel, ANY time you stay at a Drury Hotel.
In accordance with health and safety protocols, seating pods will be available in allotments of 2, 4, or 6 tickets at distances of a minimum of 6 feet apart throughout the entire stadium. Additionally, all points of sale at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium will be credit or debit transactions only and no bags allowed– including purses. The only exception would be diaper bags.
Drury Hotels are based in Missouri and are a family-owned business. Use Promocode: SPORTS at any Drury Hotel, any time.
The Latest for Those Staying at the Homewood Suites Palm Beach Gardens for Spring Training
It sounds like they are working hard to keep us safe and using good COVID-19 protocol. We asked Elise Robnson, the Sales Director and our contact for the special promocode some specific questions because various hotels are handling things differently. Here is what she told us about the Homewood Suites Palm Beach Gardens and of course, keep in mind– anything is subject to change:
1. For breakfast and dinner, they are still serving, but on a reduced capacity. They are serving all breakfast from behind the front desk and it is all grab and go– mostly a continental style breakfast, with the addition of a hot item 4 days a week, and once it is gone, it’s gone for the day.T
As for dinner, that will also be served grab and go style from the dinner area and is Monday-Wednesday 5-6:30 with a set weekly menu. At this time they are serving an entrée with beer and wine. If you are comfortable staying in the public spaces, you are more than welcome to do so.
2. They still have the coffee pots in the room– just the standard two cup pots (rather than Keurig at this time).
3. The workout room is open, with no time reservations needed. It is essentially first come, first serve and they are leaving the distancing up to individuals. There is also the opportunity to use Palm Beach Sports Club at the end of the plaza for more space.
4. The pool is open as well. Not policing the quantities of guests as at this time everyone is aware of the situation and they are all adults and should be capable of distancing themselves as such.
5. Update to housekeeping services. They are only offering services at most every other day, by floor, with all services upon request and no services provided on Sunday. There will be literature in the room upon arrival and any of of the staff can explain further once you arrive.
SPRING TRAINING ARCHIVES
A look at some of our fun parties… For many years we have been having special Spring Training Bash Parties which benefitted charity– Rainbows for Kids and Leukemia Society of Palm Beach
Photo from the 2020 Baseball Bash:
This may have been the last “party” or large crowd gathering you attended if you were there. It was held on March 12, 2020 and just as it started we received word that MLB had cancelled the remainder part of Spring Training– due to the start of the COVID-19 closings.
The day the 2020 Baseball Bash was the day of the last Spring Training game. We had a player scheduled and due to “circumstances beyond their control” he could not attend. There was a great, enthusiastic crowd and the fans had a fun time despite what was happening.
Photos from the 2019 Bash:
Mike Trim WPTV West Palm Beach, Cardinals pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon, Rob Rains
For the past several years The Homewood Suites has teamed up with STLSportspage.com to put on a charity event which benefits Rainbows for Kids in St. Louis and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach. The event is free of charge and open to all fans of STLSportsPage.com and any guests staying at the Homewood Suites. Carson Kelly was the guest last year, shown in photo with Mike Trim of WPTV News in West Palm Beach and Rob Rains.
The Spring Training Charity Bash features free food and drink as well as a silent auction, but the highlight of the event has always been a player from the St. Louis Cardinals who attends and entertains on a sports panel with Trim and Rains.
Trim, a Cardinals fan, originally from Hermann, MO is a television anchor and always donates his time to do the panel with Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com. The photo, above, right is the 2017 event featuring Aledmys Diaz.
After the panel discussion there was a barbecue and the Cardinals fans got to eat hamburgers and hot dogs.
The best part of the party is raising money for two great charities. Proceeds from the Baseball Bash are divided between the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach and Rainbows for Kids in St. Louis. Tyler Hammond, shown in photo below was a member of Rainbows for Kids when he was a child. He had multiple organ transplants, but was able to participate on the Rainbows for Kids Baseball Team and all the activities designed for families with children in treatment. He has now graduated from college and is a volunteer with the organization. He is shown in the picture with Daniel Ponce de Leon.
Plan a trip to Spring Training and join us at the party!
Rob Rains interviews Daniel Ponce de Leon at the 2019 Baseball Bash.
2018- Kolten Wong
Carson Kelly was the special guest in 2018. Television anchor Mike Trim of WPTV always chips in and is seen in the photo above with Kelly and Rob Rains.
Aledmys Diaz signs autographs at the 2017 Baseball Bash.
OTHER GUESTS INCLUDED MATT CARPENTER, TREVOR ROSENTHAL MITCH HARRIS
For future Spring Training games: RogerDeanChevroletStadium.com
What to Do in Jupiter?
Check out this book by Rob and Sally Rains. There is a whole section on Spring Training and where to go. It includes Adam Wainwright’s favorite Spring Training restaurants.