Early Spring Training Thoughts Bouncing Through My Brain

Spring Training has sprung and with an array of early news beginning to trickle out of the camps, I had a lot of thoughts bouncing around in my brain, none of which was really a post in and of itself – much like a kid at the Lego store. Ooo, shiny! …Ooooo, shinier!! …Oooooooooo…you get the general idea. Instead of trying to force too much concentration to interfere with all of the excitement, here are some of the things that are pleasing, concerning, amusing, and annoying me right now:

  • They’re all there now, in Arizona – okay and in Florida too. Actual ballplayers running actual drills! Live baseball footage on MLBN, even if it’s only batting practice, bullpen sessions and drills, makes me a very happy girl.
  • Peter Bourjos says that the hip he was rehabbing over the winter feels 100%…but it’s a bone bruise and he’ll still most likely have surgery after the season is over. Ummm…so why didn’t he take care of this this offseason? Apparently, he didn’t get the MRI until around Thanksgiving so there wasn’t enough time. Ummm…okay. I think. So those rumors that Bourjos is actually part golden retriever? Hip issues certainly aren’t doing a lot to dispel them, kid. All joking aside, I am crossing my fingers that he stays as close to whatever approximates 100% for ballplayers throughout the season. I want Mike Trout to join Bourjos in the outfield ASAP, not come up to replace him during a DL stint.
  • Live games start this Saturday and Angels individual game tickets go on sale this Saturday. That makes this Saturday kind of like Christmas…well…until Opening Day and then that’s even more like Christmas…until a game comes along where I have particularly good seats and it’s a particularly exciting game and then that’s more like…   Hey, they say we’re supposed to keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the year, right? ;)
  • Mark Trumbo took a line drive to the face – as you do when you’re learning a new position – but doesn’t want to have the doc take a look at his nose. My husband will laugh uproariously at me when he reads this, but you have doctors on staff for a reason, right? Your foot? Bourjos’ hip? Go see the doc, you know, just in case. But way to really go for it at third! And way to be flexible and roll with the changes.
  • C.J. Wilson is really growing on me. I think Terry Smith asked him the perfect questions this afternoon to draw out his love of baseball in addition to his love of his extra-curricular activities. I thoroughly appreciated what he had to say about baseball, about loving the challenge, living for the competition and his gratitude for his adult successes after a childhood of never being the big, highly athletic kid. Very cool stuff. Hearing that, I am reassured that he does have his mind on the game and am leaning back towards, he’s so well rounded. Isn’t that cool! And, hey, a writing major. I did not know that, but gotta love those crazy writing types…especially when they finish a season with more than 200 strikeouts.
  • When did “effort” become a verb on MLBN, as in ‘I efforted that,’ ‘we’re in the process of efforting that’? I first noticed Greg Amsinger using it last week and now it seems to be a thing.  Okay, the English language, cobbled together, mismatched, uneven, patchwork quilt of a thing that it is, lends itself well to a certain fluidity. And I love words. I love playing with them with even more – I know, you are all shocked! – and I frequently find myself applauding the creative prose of sports announcers. But, efforting? No please. Stop it right now.
  • It’s February 29th. Happy Birthday, Frederic! Still nose to the grindstone on that apprenticeship? ;)

 

8 Comments

So you meant to go to Seattle but ended up in Pittsburgh?

Yay! Somebody got it! Of course I did primarily write the last bullet point to amuse you, so I suppose that doesn’t really count. :)

– Kristen

I’m gonna effort out a comment here… hahaha. Maybe Trumbo should effort some more focus on the small white thing flyin’ at his face. AMMAH DOIN IT RIGHT??? Hahaha.
–Jeff

Bad, Jeff. LOL! You’re definitley doing it wrong. Yeah, clearly he needs some more work on fundamentals at third – use the glove not the face comes to mind – but hey, A for effort. ;)

– Kristen

I think we’re all pretty giddy that baseball is under way. It’s the light at the end of our tunnel of winter up north here, anyway. Sounds like Trumbo is a gamer, anyway and is putting forth all the ‘effort’ needed to learn the new spot. I hope Trout can land a starting job, too, with all the quality outfielders the Angels have. Did you have a chance to watch the Laker girls play over at Azuza?
–Mike

I’m watching that first ST game as I read MLBlogs today, Mike, and it makes me so happy…even if it’s only Yankees/Phillies, LOL. I really appreciate players that put in maximum effort, so I’m rooting extra hard for Trumbo to get third base down. Alas, I did not make it to APU to see the softball game. The weekend went wackie on me.

– Kristen

Every bit of news from Arizona makes me think of spring, then I look out the window and see it’s snowing outside, so yeah, I guess spring training news is like Christmas.

~Russel

Ouch Russel! And here I was impressed with the actual hail we had on Monday. It looked like I’d covered my patio in rock salt.

– Kristen

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