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With the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, who's the home team now?

Tampa | New York Yankees

Why go? To boo A-Rod, of course. What other reason could there be?

Where to eat: These are the Yankees, so expect the players to pay Yankee prices. Try any of the top-dollar steak houses a short drive away on West Shore Boulevard, especially Ocean Prime, the gleaming new steak and seafood joint near International Plaza. 2205 N West Shore Blvd., (813) 490-5288;

Where to drink: We could say Mons Venus, but we'll take the high road and say Blue Martini, a swank pickup parlor that became a hot place to spot athletes during the Super Bowl. International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., (813) 873-2583.

Where to drink (Irish/Scottish bars division): The stadium Bennigan's is no more, but if you squint, its replacement, the Tijuana Iguana, still has a wee bit o' Irish flavor leftover. 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 873-1019.

Diversions: Across Dale Mabry and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard sits Al Lopez Park, a sprawling spread of trails, playgrounds and fishing areas. 4810 N Himes Ave., (813) 274-8184.

Tickets: Individual seats are $17-$31 at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. (813) 879-2244;

Dunedin | Toronto Blue Jays

Why go? You could make the case it's the quaintest spring training site in Florida — a stadium surrounded by homes, located within a few fly balls of what has been called one of the most walkable downtowns in America.

Where to eat: Eli's Bar-B-Que, a ramshackle roadside shack that's only open a couple of days a week, but makes a killer barbecued sausage sandwich. 360 Skinner Blvd., (727) 738-4856.

Where to drink: The Chic-a-Boom Room and Blur, part of the Kelly's for Just About Anything complex. Hey, Canadian baseball fans seem like a pretty open-minded bunch. 319 Main St., (727) 736-5284; kellyschica­

Where to drink (Irish/Scottish bars division): The Dunedin Brewery, full of great craft beers, great music and great pub grub. It gets the nod over the also excellent Flanagan's. 937 Douglas Ave., (727) 736-0606;

Diversions: You can't swing a cat in downtown Dunedin without hitting a cafe, antique store or outdoor festival. It feels like there's something going on here every weekend.

Tickets: Individual seats are $13-$25. Dunedin Stadium, 1700 Solon Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-0429;

Clearwater | Philadelphia Phillies

Why go? The Phillies just won the World Series. Although considering they beat the Rays, that actually seems like a reason not to go.

Where to eat: Lenny's Restaurant, a longtime Phillie-fan hangout where their pride in the "home" team's recent championship is scrawled all over the windows. 21220 U.S. 19 N, just north of Gulf to Bay Boulevard, (727) 799-0402.

Where to drink: At the stadium. The Tiki Bar beyond the left-centerfield fence at Bright House Networks Field is one of the best places anywhere to watch a game.

Where to drink (Irish/Scottish bars division): The Tilted Kilt, sort of a Scottish-themed Hooters (think short kilts and knee-highs), a short walk away. 2571 Drew St., (727) 724-6177.

Diversions: From the stadium, head up the Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail to Northeast Coachman Park, home of a pretty decent disc golf course.

Tickets: Individual seats are $11-$30 at the stadium, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 442-8496;

With the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, who's the home team now? 02/25/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 3:30am]
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