Motor City. Hockeytown. Motown. The D.
Call Detroit what you will. I call it cold.
But there's no need to suffer through another season of rock salt and chapped lips. With Tigers spring training in Lakeland March 2 through April 2, Detroit residents have a get-out-of-winter-free pass.
Lakeland is a charming Central Florida town equidistant from Orlando and Tampa. Find a direct flight to Tampa International Airport (TPA) or Orlando International Airport (MCO), and within an hour's drive after touching down, you're sitting in Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium, inhaling hotdogs in the sunshine as you bark expletives at the umpire.
Now doesn't that beat dodging potholes on 8 Mile Road?