MLB lockdown now impacts spring training games

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LEE COUNTY

Major League Baseball and its players are at odds over how much money they make. But this ongoing dispute affects more than fans.

This stall also hurts the sellers that these fans expect to see at the games.

Two years ago, spring training games were canceled due to the outbreak of the pandemic. Then, in 2021, capacity was limited during spring training games. This year, businesses and suppliers are preparing for another financial blow that will do so three years in a row.

Suppliers who spoke to WINK News say they remain cautiously optimistic despite these financial difficulties.

Certain sights, sounds and smells are associated with spring training.

And, if you’ve ever been to JetBlue Park, chances are you’ve enjoyed the flavors of Nuts Galore!

Jan and Bernie Zayac are the owners of Nuts Galore! “We cook several different kinds, so we have the ones in stock ready to go. I don’t cook in advance because we cook everything fresh. So we’re just waiting for the ‘go’, to stay up all night cooking,” the Zayacs said with a laugh.

nuts galore

Major League Baseball is postponing spring training until at least March 5. That means four of the Boston Red Sox’s 17 home spring training games are no longer taking place.

” It’s a big problem. And I think that would be a big problem for season ticket holders, you know. They have vacations planned ahead,” Zayac said.

These 17 home games at JetBlue Park are an important period for the company. Missing even one game can hurt them financially.

The owners of Tropical Island Kettle Korn agree. Carol Dembrowksi is the owner of Tropical Island Kettle Korn. “The Red Sox are definitely our biggest event of the whole year. And we really miss…we miss the games,” Dembrowski said.

Tropical Island Kettle Korn
Tropical Island Kettle Korn

Negotiations are due to begin on Monday, so a March 5 start date is a possibility.

Dembrowski just wants to reunite with the team, the fans, and the other vendors she enjoys being around.

“We miss our Red Sox fans,” Dembrowski said. “We miss our customers. And we hope, hope at least two weeks. That’s what we hope.

The Red Sox spring training open house is still underway for Saturday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As for fans who bought tickets for the first canceled games, you have options. If you purchased your tickets directly from the Red Sox for the games taking place from February 25 to March 4, you have two choices to rectify the situation.

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  • Option #1 – Receive a credit on your accountA credit will be added to your account equal to the value of the tickets for the canceled game(s). The credit will be redeemable for a future game during the 2022 or 2023 season.

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  • Option 2 – Refund to original payment methodA refund for tickets for the canceled game(s) will be issued to the method of payment used for the original purchase. We will begin the refund process on 2/25/22 and expect refund checks for non-credit card payments to be issued within two weeks.

To select one of these options, you must also complete this survey by February 25.

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