Photo by Jeff Rosenfield
The conclusion of the NFL season is here now that the Super Bowl has been played, and with that we say, “hello, baseball!”
MLB teams will report to Spring Training by next week and as sad as I am that the NFL season is over, I absolutely love the feeling knowing that Spring Training is right around the corner, as do many other baseball fans. We know that warmer weather, the smell of freshly cut grass, the crack of the bat, and pop of the mitt are so close that we can almost imagine it being real.
Phillies fans are ready to head down to Clearwater to not only watch their team play, but to get away from the shitty weather in Philly, along with preparing for their annual vacation down to the island. Many Phillies fans look forward to this. It’s not only the start to the Phillies season, but it’s also the start to their new year. Some fans go for a weekend, others a week or two, and then theres the ones who stay for 6+ weeks!
Baseball is life.
The feeling you get when you’re at the ballpark for the first time that year, watching your team in perfect fucking weather is one of the greatest feelings.
photo by Jeff Rosenfield
The kids are collecting autographs from their favorite players and crushing hot dogs, the adults are slamming beers and soaking up the sun, our grandfathers, fathers, and even some mothers are giving the umpires and players an earful even if the games really don’t mean much. Diehards are doing their own scouting to see who has future potential, who has potential to make the roster, and who seems like they’re not major league worthy. We start going over potential lineups, how the rotation and bullpen will shake up, who’s gonna be that key bat off the bench.
Baseball is fucking sick!
Spring Training is where the baseball season starts. The process of a long 6+month season starts in Florida and Arizona, it’s one of the greatest traditions in sports if you ask me. As far as spring training goes, it’s pretty cool that the Phillies are the team that pretty much started the tradition to train in Florida. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The Phillies were the first of the current major-league teams to train in Florida, when they spent two weeks in Jacksonville, Florida in 1889.”
Phillies pitchers and catchers report on February 11th and hold their first workout on the 12th. Position players are set to report by February 16th, and will hold their first full workout on February 17th. Expect Phillies fans to report during the whole month of February and March, with the biggest party of the year to take place on March 17th, because the Phillies and Clearwater sure know how to party on Saint Patrick’s Day.
photo by Jeff Rosenfield
If you know you know.
Baseball is upon us, with that, brings warmer weather, summer days, and many memorable nights at the park with family and friends. Baseball is America’s pastime, and even if the state of baseball hasn’t been the greatest of late, there’s superstars who will carry it into 2020 and will continue to help the game grow.
Baseball is here to stay, and I can’t wait to watch it.
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