My favorite part about the week after the Super Bowl is that people start talking about baseball again. ESPN’s coverage turns from the gridiron to the diamond. We talk of free agents, sluggers, OPS, ERA, RBIs, and Ks. The weather gets slightly less cold (but what do I know, living in southern California?) and I start hearing,”X days until pitchers and catchers report.” Oh, man, it is exciting!
Last year was a great baseball year. This year has a lot to offer. The Yankees and Mets have new stadiums. This will be the first full year that umps review home run calls. There are a lot of rookies that are just waiting to break out and there are a lot of veterans that have ended up in (or will end up in) new ballparks. Oh, and don’t forget about milestones, Web Gems, building your collections of memorabilia, and calling your buddies to ask ’em if they just saw that double play.
The Angels play their home opener on April 6th. I won’t be there… too expensive. I may go on the 7th and I may go to an exhibition game against the Padres on the 4th. The WBC is coming… YES! And. There. Are. Only. Six. Days. Until. Pitchers. And. Catchers. Report.