Hitting the Spot

That moment so many have waited for, counting down the days, has come and now gone. Pitchers and catchers have reported. Excuse me if I suggest it’s been a bit of a let down, a shift in cliche patterns and a certain acceleration of coverage, and not much more. Pitchers, we are told, are “hitting their spots.” Pavano? “Hitting his spots.” Phil Hughes? “Hitting his spots” Igawa? “Hitting his spots”? Batters are “getting their work in.” Anyhow, we take what we can get, and wait anxiously for, ahem, actual games. Actual baseball. That would hit the spot.

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  • Wow, after all these years, YF still expects to be bowled over by pitchers and catchers reporting, and acts suprised by the cliches coming out of camp.
    The starry-eyed naivete is both surprising and refreshing. Though hard to take seriously, of course!

    SF February 18, 2007, 11:04 am
  • Full squad workouts start Tuesday, things will start to pick up.
    As for the players already in camp, I found the two groups of Yankee starters rather intriguing. The vets in group one: Wang, Mussina, Pettitte, Igawa, and Pavano. And then the young guns in group 2: Hughes, Sanchez, Karstens, Ohlendorf, and Rasner.
    The Yanks haven’t had this many good young arms in camp in a long time.
    Got a call from one of my brothers earlier this morning. He’s down in Florida at the Daytona 500 race, which btw, is NASCAR’s Super Bowl. He’s a United Parcel Service exec, who are the main sponsor for Dale Jarret’s #88 race car, who are one of the teams fielding one of the new Toyota Camrys for the first time at Daytona.
    For those Sox fans who are not familiar with NASCAR, you may have heard that John Henry has bought a 50% interest in Roush Racing, which has several race teams competing in the Nextel Cup. So you may want to brush up on your NASCAR knowledge. Or not. Heh.
    Anyway, my brother, who is also a Yankee fan, is headed over to Tampa after Daytona for a few days of Yankee spring training. I follow the Yanks a little more closely than he does. I told him to try to nab me a Phil Hughes autograph if possible.

    Whatever February 18, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Dale Jarret drives #44 now, though it is still sponsered by UPS.
    Is it bad that I actually look forward to all the puff pieces that roll out this time of year? You can’t beat February for optimism; no one’s nicked up or feeling the grind of the season, there haven’t been any soul-crushing losses. And other than those angry men that keep telling us we should hate some of our most beloved players, the press generally sounds optimistic too. Totally unlike the regular season. That’s why I like it.

    mouse - SF February 18, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Dale Jarret drives #44 now, though it is still sponsered by UPS.
    Is it bad that I actually look forward to all the puff pieces that roll out this time of year? You can’t beat February for optimism; no one’s nicked up or feeling the grind of the season, there haven’t been any soul-crushing losses. And other than those angry men that keep telling us we should hate some of our most beloved players, the press generally sounds optimistic too. Totally unlike the regular season. That’s why I like it.
    I still can’t wait for Opening Day, though. Of course.

    mouse - SF February 18, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Ooops. Sorry about the double post. My internet’s acting weird again.

    mouse - SF February 18, 2007, 2:55 pm
  • mouse,
    Yeah, I was thinking Jarrett was #44 but wasn’t sure so I Googled him where some out of date site had him at #88. My mistake.

    Whatever February 18, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • For me, pitchers and catchers marks that everything is about to start. Once the Spring Training games start, Opening Day is just around the corner. That our players are at Spring Training just signals that the season is that much closer.

    Laura February 18, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • So far, Terry Francona has said just about every player in camp is “slimmed down” and “looking good.”
    Kevin Youkilis has a giant black gotee that reminds me too much of David Wells for my own comfort.

    Paul SF February 18, 2007, 5:06 pm

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