I’m really enjoying Spring Training this year. Not that I’m enjoying it more than last or the year before or the year before because I don’t remember how much I’ve enjoyed it in the past. It sure is fun to have our youngin’s out there doing
their stuff. Trying to prove something; playing with their hearts. (What a concept in baseball, huh?) You’ll be hearing names like Nick Green sooner than later, I believe.
One year, several years ago, I really(!) enjoyed Spring Training. I booked a Red Sox Destinations package, spent a week in Ft. Myers, was treated like a VIP, and watched baseball before baseball really began for the season. I suppose I could have been anywhere and when you’re treated like a VIP it’s a good thing, but throw baseball in the mix and life is good.
I had a blast. The “Destination” I took was the inaugural trip from Red Sox Destination’s. Red Sox Destinations are planned trips/events offered by Fenway Sports Group. They offer experiences you usually don’t get by being the typical fan. You pay dearly for them but what do
they say, you can’t take it with you, right?
I went on trip the week of St. Paddy’s Day; the perfect week to attend ST, in my opinion. Of course, the Red Sox wore their green shirts. The weather was great. I went down two days earlier than the rest of the Destinations group, as I needed to leave two days earlier. That’s how flexible these folks are, or at least, were. I got a private tour because of this. I got great seats to a couple of games because they weren’t part of the group tickets. When the rest of the folks joined us, we were able to do batting practice on the field. What an
experience. I was even able to bat with Mark Bellhorn’s old bat.
So, I’m a bit reminiscent of that year’s Spring Training. Every t
ime I see the City of Palms Park, I think of good times. Though all the regular season players weren’t playing when I was at ST, they were all there. Well, all except Varitek. He was at the World Baseball Classic. Though I don’t agree that ‘our’ players should be in the WBC, I’m not certain the players that are there would be playing too much this early in Spring Training anyway. I understand why they want to play but I’m not a big fan of September burn-out (or injury).
So, I will enjoy the next couple weeks of Spring Training. I don’t have a MLB-TV.com package, nor do I have digital cable so I am unable to watch baseball; I have to listen to it. It’s not too bad if it’s on the radio but it’s stretching it having it on the computer only. The sound system in my house is far superior to my computer capacity so when a game is on the radio I just crank it up and can go about my business and listen to a game, where as if a game is only on the computer on Gameday Audio, I need to be within reach of the computer. Sometimes I get something done, other times I just play and frankly, I have way too much to do to sit to just play day after day.
So let the ST games continue. I’m lovin’ them.