Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ESPN starts Spring Training Tour

From ESPN -

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Begins Today
Baseball Tonight to Visit Spring Training Sites in Arizona & Florida

Baseball Tonight made its first stop as part of the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour today, Feb. 21, in Jupiter, Fla., for a visit with the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  Baseball Tonight’s tour of Spring Training destinations will include visits to team camps in both Arizona and Florida over a four-week span.

Baseball Tonight’s Tim Kurkjian will be along for each Spring Training stop, joined at times by analysts John Kruk, Terry Francona, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe.  During each visit, the analysts will interview players and provide in-depth perspective on team preparation and off-season storylines heading into the 2012 MLB season.

“Last year was the most fun I’ve had in over 30 years covering Spring Training, mainly because of having John Kruk as part of the bus tour with me,” said Kurkjian. “The players really enjoyed it when the bus showed up to camp and it was a natural conversation starter.  I fully expect the same amount of enjoyment this year only it won’t just be John, but Terry, Aaron and Rick along for the ride too.”

Content from the Baseball Tonight bus tour will be integrated into weekday Baseball Tonight shows (regularly at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), along with daily SportsCenter segments and ESPN.com (including local sites in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York).

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour telecast schedule (taped show dates in parenthesis):

Date
Time (ET)
Team(s)
Site
Commentators
Florida sites




Tue, Feb 21
3:30 p.m.
St. Louis
Jupiter
Kruk/Kurkjian
Wed, Feb 22
3:30 p.m.
Miami
Jupiter
Kruk/Kurkjian
Thu, Feb 23
3:30 p.m.
N.Y. Mets
Port St. Lucie
Kruk/Kurkjian
Fri, Feb 24
3:30 p.m.
Washington
Viera
Kruk/Kurkjian
Mon, Feb 27
3:30 p.m.
Atlanta
Kissimmee
Francona/Kurkjian
Tue, Feb 28
3:30 p.m.
Detroit
Lakeland
Francona/Kurkjian
Wed, Feb 29
3:30 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees
Tampa
Francona/Kurkjian
Thu, March 1
3:30 p.m.
Blue Jays
Dunedin
Francona/Kurkjian
Fri, March 2
3:30 p.m.
Philadelphia
Clearwater
Francona/Kurkjian
Mon, March 5
3:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay
Port Charlotte
Kruk/Kurkjian
Tue, March 6
3:30/11:30 p.m.*
Boston
Fort Myers
Kruk/Kurkjian





Arizona sites




Mon, March 12
3:30 p.m.
L.A. Angels
Tempe
Boone/Kurkjian
Tue, March 13
3:30 p.m.
Milwaukee
(taped March 11)
Glendale
Boone/Kurkjian
Sun, March 18
1 p.m.
Kansas City
(taped March 17)
Scottsdale
Kurkjian
Sun, March 18
10 p.m.*
San Francisco;
Seattle
(taped March 14)
Scottsdale
Boone/Kurkjian
Tue, March 20
Midnight*
(9 p.m.)
Cincinnati
Goodyear
Boone/Kurkjian
Thu, March 22
3:30 p.m.
Chicago White Sox
Camelback
Sutcliffe/Kurkjian

10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs
(taped March 16);
L.A. Dodgers (taped March 21)
Mesa
Sutcliffe/Kurkjian
Fri, March 23
3:30 p.m.
Cleveland
Goodyear
Sutcliffe/Kurkjian
Sat, March 24
8 p.m.
Arizona/Colorado (taped March 19)
Scottsdale
Sutcliffe/Kurkjian
Mon., March 26
Midnight
(9 p.m.)
Texas
Surprise
Sutcliffe/Kurkjian

*denotes ESPN2 telecast

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