One afternoon in Daytona, TFMJ and I walked around the Jackie Robinson Ballpark, which is on a little island between the mainland and the beach. I'm pretty sure I already mentioned the history there - it's where Jackie Robinson first played outside of the Negro Leagues.
Anyway, when we saw the maroon-gold-yellow uniforms on the players in the field, we were confused. Daytona's Jackie Robinson Ballpark is home to the Daytona Cubs (Adv-A Cubs); we expected blue-white-red. We watched the practice and felt the team was at about A-level, which didn't answer any questions for us. Finally we had to ask.
We spoke to Assistant Coach Jose Vazquez and realized we were watching the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Jose is fantastic. He told us about the school (which went from a school for black girls, to a co-ed high-school, to a junior college, to a 4-year university), and the team (they won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title last year), and places to eat in the area (one of Jose's suggestions - Boondocks - was so great we went twice in three days).
In case you didn't guess, the Wildcats and the Daytona Cubs share Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Bethune-Cookman is home again Friday March 28th v Savannah State at 6pm. The Daytona Cubs first game of the season is April 3rd v the Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers) at 7:05p.
More about the Ballpark's food and Jose's restaurant suggestions to come...