Tag:spring training
Posted on: February 1, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2010 4:37 pm

Three Strikes and a Ball for a Tuesday

Ball One:  Pitchers and catchers report in 17 days.  Hot damn!

Strike One:  It was announced that Jon Miller of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN and voice of the San Francisco Giants would be inducted into Cooperstown today.  I hear a lot of people on sports talk radio and these interblags rail on Miller.  Those in the Bay area seem to have a different take.  Most people I know there seem to like and admire Miller.  I count myself in the latter category as well.  I think he's an outstanding baseball voice with a wealth of stories.  I think it's a well-deserved selection to the Hall.

Strike Two:  Good god, Dave Dombrowski, PUT DOWN THE CRACKPIPE!  I know things are bad in Detroit, but there is no reason to sign Johnny Damon.  You obstensibly got rid of a first-class outfielder to the Yankees for the purposes of trimming payroll.  Now you're going to overpay someone who the Yankees didn't want?  Save the money.  Build from within or sign a kid who can run in the wide open spaces of Comerica Park's centerfield.  A 37 year old Damon is not your answer.

Strike Three:  Joe Mauer just signed a gizillion dollar, 10 year contract with his hometown Twins.  I never thought Mauer would leave Minnesota.  Born and raised there, he's a homegrown boy done good.  In staying put, he's made himself a legend.  I'm happy for the kid.  He deserves it.
Posted on: February 25, 2009 10:00 am

Play Ball!

For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

Thanks, Ernie.

Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  Spring ball begins at 1:05 when Justin Verlander takes the hill against the Atlanta Braves.  Of course, this game will mean little, but spring is at hand.  PLAY BALL!


Posted on: February 16, 2009 9:03 pm

Pitchers, Catchers, and Music to Bide My Time

When I was a kid, I would make a point of listening to the first preseason Tigers game.  Before the first pitch, Ernie Harwell would recite the Song of the Turtle.  To me, I knew that spring was at hand and my beloved baseball was being played. Here we are in the third week of February, Ernie would be (and likely still is) talking with the players, getting ready for the new season.

Nine days until the first pitch.  Nine days until baseball...

In the meantime, I run the roads listening to XM.  Fiction Family popped up on my radar a couple weeks ago.  Comprised of a couple guys who play multiple instruments, their debut single can best be described as an ear worm. Give a listen.

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