There’s a culture that has been built in baseball, an entire ecosystem of fandom that almost flips the importance from the end of the season to the beginning, it’s called Spring Training and for some, it’s more important than the World Series.
I thought what would be nice today would be to quickly talk about how all of these guys did in limited action this Spring. Some were given more of an opportunity than others but that’s ok, the goal was different for all of them.
Late last evening news broke that the Pirates had inked Trevor Cahill to a one year deal worth 1 million dollars plus up to 1 million in performance bonuses.
For some this is the official end of Winter, I mean, technically this is the last day meteorologically speaking too. For others this is the beginning of a year they’d rather just skip over on the path to competitiveness.
The first game of Spring is scheduled for next Sunday, and thank God because it gets really old listening to all the platitudes and fluff that everyone has to put out from the time pitchers and catchers report to the time they throw a pitch in anger.
The Pirates announced their up to date list of Non-roster invitees last week and it looks like it could really be a fun Spring as they’ve included a who’s who list of top prospects.
For decades now, Pirates fans who have long since relocated to the year round warmth of Florida have considered Spring Training almost as their team returning from a very extended road trip, and fans from everywhere else have planned trips around this special time of year.
It is amazing how quickly things can go from “normal” to totally foreign. As I stood there taking this picture, I had already started to get alerts on my phone about the possibility of Major League Baseball suspending Spring Training. Earlier that day I had been walking around Pirates City, some 3 miles down theContinue reading “My Spring Training”