Even as a rabid baseball fan, I’m not going to pretend spring training is awesome. It isn’t, really.
Every year I get excited to watch spring training games, and as soon as the first one airs on ESPN I can’t usually last more than 2 innings.
But that’s not the point. It isn’t about watching baseball games again. It’s about what spring training represents. It’s a signal that the long,cold winter is getting closer to the end. That we won’t have to pass our weeknights watching college basketball forever. Thank God.
While no one will probably get all that worked up watching exhibition games, we can start safely talking about our favorite teams again. Who’s going to be the 5th starter? Who’s going to get the last spot in the bullpen? What rookie has a chance to steal a job with a big spring?
This is the kind of stuff that gets baseball fans buzzing in February, and starting today, the players are going back to camp. Pitchers and catchers for every team in the bigs will have reported by the end of the week. Then the exhibition games begin, then in March watchable college basketball games begin, and then, boom, it’s baseball season.
Hold on tight. It’s almost here.