Gardy sees end of Mayor's Cup in Fort Myers

Gardy sees end of Mayor's Cup in Fort Myers

Gardy sees end of Mayor's Cup in Fort Myers
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins got their first view of JetBlue Park -- the Red Sox's new Spring Training home -- on Sunday, and came away impressed.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he liked how the park is essentially a replica of Fenway Park's dimensions, right down to the Green Monster and Pesky Pole.

"I like it," Gardenhire said. "It's gorgeous, it's actually beautiful. I like the openness of it. I like the wall; that's cool. The clubhouses are gorgeous, they're just a long walk."

But with the Red Sox moving from City of Palms Park in the city of Fort Myers, the Twins and Red Sox now both train in what is technically unincorporated Lee County.

So that's why Gardenhire thinks the battle for the Mayor's Cup -- given annually to the head-to-head series winner during Grapefruit League play -- is over.

"We won it last year, we've got the cup," Gardenhire said. "It's over with. They've got to try to figure out a way to take it back. That doesn't mean they're going to get it back. We've got it, it's ours for good. They can come up with any kind of other cup they want to. It can be plastic -- we've got the right cup."

Since the Mayor's Cup series began in 1993, the Twins have won the cup in 11 of 19 years. The two teams play each other six times this spring.