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Vinoy Hotel Ghosts Strike Again

Let me preface this post by saying that I don't believe in ghosts. It's not that I don't believe that undead spirits can interact with their living counterparts, it's just that if I allow myself to believe it, I'll probably lose a ton of sleep thinking about it. So, the real question is not whether I believe in ghosts. The question is, am I afraid of them if they are in fact real? Yes, my friends, I am afraid.

That fear is the very reason that you will not catch me staying anywhere near the Vinoy hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. Most teams that come into town to play the Rays end up lodging at the Vinoy. And for years, those very same ballplayers have been reporting scads of odd occurrences. The Florida Marlins, struggling through a difficult June stretch, were the latest team to be visited by alleged ghosts while staying at the Vinoy last weekend. Marlins reliever Steve Cishek shared his fears with his followers on Twitter, tweeting the following: “Currently crapping my pants... Can't sleep... My room is def haunted.” Florida pitcher Leo Nunez, meanwhile, was so spooked by strange noises coming from the hotel that he spent the weekend at the home of Rays pitcher and friend Joel Peralta.

Now, when a place is said to be haunted, our minds can go into hyperdrive and manifest things that we perceive to be the works of spooks. In reality, those things are just figments that our already scared brains have conjured, unbeknownst to us, leaving us with one option: pull the covers over our heads and pray for daylight.

I don't think that's what's happening at the Vinoy. Too many of the reports have eerie similarities. Many of the stories, which you can read about in this blog post, center on the appearance of the ghostly figure of a man who pops up at random times in hotel rooms dressed as though from an era long past. When several reports feature the same scary guy, that's when I get concerned.

The blog is definitely worth a read, if only to fill your goosebump meter for another day.

And you know what? While most of me is telling you that I wouldn't, in a million years, stay at that hotel, there is a small part of me that wants to check it out. I mean, everyone likes a good scare now and again, right?

Do you believe in the Vinoy ghosts? Tweet me at @rwags614.

Let me preface this post by saying that I don't believe in ghosts. It's not that I don't believe that undead spirits can interact with their living counterparts, it's just that if I allow myself to believe it, I'll probably lose a ton of sleep thinking about it. So, the real question is not whether I believe in ghosts. The question is, am I afraid of them if they are in fact real? Yes, my friends, I am afraid.

That fear is the very reason that you will not catch me staying anywhere near the Vinoy hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. Most teams that come into town to play the Rays end up lodging at the Vinoy. And for years, those very same ballplayers have been reporting scads of odd occurrences. The Florida Marlins, struggling through a difficult June stretch, were the latest team to be visited by alleged ghosts while staying at the Vinoy last weekend. Marlins reliever Steve Cishek shared his fears with his followers on Twitter, tweeting the following: “Currently crapping my pants... Can't sleep... My room is def haunted.” Florida pitcher Leo Nunez, meanwhile, was so spooked by strange noises coming from the hotel that he spent the weekend at the home of Rays pitcher and friend Joel Peralta.

Now, when a place is said to be haunted, our minds can go into hyperdrive and manifest things that we perceive to be the works of spooks. In reality, those things are just figments that our already scared brains have conjured, unbeknownst to us, leaving us with one option: pull the covers over our heads and pray for daylight.

I don't think that's what's happening at the Vinoy. Too many of the reports have eerie similarities. Many of the stories, which you can read about in this blog post, center on the appearance of the ghostly figure of a man who pops up at random times in hotel rooms dressed as though from an era long past. When several reports feature the same scary guy, that's when I get concerned.

The blog is definitely worth a read, if only to fill your goosebump meter for another day.

And you know what? While most of me is telling you that I wouldn't, in a million years, stay at that hotel, there is a small part of me that wants to check it out. I mean, everyone likes a good scare now and again, right?

Do you believe in the Vinoy ghosts? Tweet me at @rwags614.