And Here Comes the Pitch …

And Here Comes the Pitch …



It’s definitely Spring. It’s warming up and the cool nights are beginning to become a thing of the past. It’s time for a hot dog smothered in ketchup, mustard and relish, an icy drink in a souvenir cup, and a bag of peanuts. It’s March — when we head to the ballpark, settle into our favorite seats, and sunglasses stay balanced on noses as our collective gaze settles on the pitcher’s mound for that very first…strike.


The 2012 Florida State League Champions, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, are gearing up for another glorious season. The season gets underway on April 4 and is scheduled to run through September 1. Lakeland plays in the Florida State League and has been the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Tigers since 1967, one of the longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing. The team was known as the Lakeland Tigers from 1963-1964 and 1967-2006. The Lakeland franchise changed its name to the Flying Tigers to honor the rich military and aviation history of Tiger Town. The Lakeland Flying Tigers are based in Lakeland, Florida and play at Joker Marchant Stadium, which opened in 1966 and was renovated in 2003.

Eye on the Ball

Zach Burek, General Manager for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, shares the same vibrant anticipation for the season as the fans. “We are proud to begin our 63rd season of Minor League Baseball in Lakeland and strive to deliver fun, family affordable entertainment on a daily basis,” said Burek. “We look forward to seeing you at beautiful Joker Marchant Stadium and supporting your hometown Flying Tigers.”

With lots of ticket options to fit your needs, attending Flying Tiger games is a relaxing way to entertain friends and family. Whether you plan to get to one or every game, or plan to sit out on the berm or behind home plate, the possibilities are endless. Plan a picnic at the Berm Picnic Area, host a birthday or team party at the ballpark for a game, or just enjoy an exciting day in the stands. With affordable season ticket packages available, there’s something for everyone.

For more information about the Lakeland Flying Tigers, tickets, schedule and special events, please visit or call 863-686-8075.

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