It is that time of year again as pitchers and catchers report to Florida for the Grapefruit League and Arizona for the Cactus League to prepare for the grueling schedule that awaits them.
We are still about ten days away from the first games on the schedule. Not sure what it is about Spring Training games, but they have a good feeling to them. The competition, of course, is not at the same level as to what it will be with the regular season and postseason. Maybe it is that any sporting event just seems more attractive to a fan when the game is outdoors and the sun is shining brightly on the field. Don’t get me wrong, during the postseason, when the crowd is loud with a roof covering the stadium, the atmosphere can be crazy when we have a big moment such as a walk-off hit or when your ace strikes out the opposing team’s best hitter to retire the side.
The nation needs the distraction of baseball as the past eleven months or so have been something that none of us have ever seen. Yes, we did have a shortened season last year, but it is something to look forward to in having something close to normalcy. It has been reported that ballclubs will allow a certain amount of fans to watch in the stadiums for Spring Training. It remains to be seen as to what the individual clubs will do for regular season games. Certain state or local officials will allow more fans than others this summer, so it will be interesting to find out what each team can do as far as the availability of game tickets for the fans.
It will be fun to see what the young players like Fernando Tatis Jr., Ronald Acuna, and Juan Soto will do this season as it will be interesting to see how veterans such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Mookie Betts will perform. Let’s hope that we can have as much of a full season as possible as we last did in 2019.