Archive for the ‘Spring Training’ Category

the white bear

Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, there is no spring tradition quite like the veteran supernova. At each and every Spring Training facility across baseball lurks the great story of a career minor leaguer, waiting for his chance to fulfil a dream by reaching the big leagues.

While camps are lousy with players like this, it is the rare breed who catches fire for a few weeks and attracts all manner of spring attention. Spring Training is essentially a information-less vacuum by the second week of March. Beat writers are like nature, they abhor a vacuum. Into this void goes the upbeat story of the plucky underdog for whom everything goes right one spring.

For the Braves — more specifically, Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer Dave O’Brien — their great spring hope is Evan Gattis.

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Texas Rangers Photo Day

It’s only the first game of Spring Training…and it is more baseball audio through you computer or device of choice but it counts! The Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules kick off today with games! Games between teams!

Some clubs are still working through the split squad/local junior college sacrifice stage of the spring sked but today, real baseball! Well, the Reds/Cleveland game is a “charity” game but you, baseball junkie, should not look your own charitable gifts in the mouth. Or something.

Rick Porcello pitches against his spirit animal Tim Hudson today in Lakeland, Florida. Craig Kimbrell pitches today so, hey, strikeouts! Derek Holland pitches for the Rangers ahead of the World Baseball Classic, with rotation contender (and energetic dude) Robbie Ross following him at some point today.

Baseball(lite)! Baseball (sort of)! Baseball! We’ve waited oh so long.

Spring Has Sprung

Photo by Joe Rimkus Jr, Miami Herald.

For whatever reason, the official opening of Spring Training camps all over Arizona and Florida did not turn Getting Blanked into a writhing orgy of baseball bliss. Why? Probably because Spring Training is not baseball.

It looks like baseball and dresses like baseball but it ain’t baseball. The false dawn of spring fools us once again.

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