Spring Training - anyone going?
As I have my tickets for the week I will be there, I was wondering if anyone else would be going to Spring Training. I know many of you probably think, 'Why? The Twins won't be great this year, why bother?' To me it doesn't matter. I love Spring Training for so many reasons. It breaks the drought and brings on a new seasons of games, and hope, for one. Another, it's a unique baseball experience. Three, it's a chance to see former, current, and soon-to-be players working out. Whether or not the Twins are predicted to have a good or bad year, it's a chance to get 'up close and personal' while scoping out who will make the cut as well as the future team. If you go early in training, before the games start, you can wander from field to field watching different workouts. I once saw Rod Carew lay down bunt after bunt after bunt in, well, I guess, bunting practice; watched Gardy and TK do infield drills. And of course various people in batting practice. Just wandering around at that time is a great time to see everyone who came to Spring Training with hopes of making the cut. When games start up, in the first games of the month you'll see a lot of players and pitchers on the field. Pitchers will go 1, 2 or 3 innings in the beginning, while players will be rotated in throughout the game after a certain number of innings played. Towards the end of the month, most of the decisions will be made, you'll see pitchers going longer, and players staying deeper in the games, but there will always be the the final cut and players working to make it. It's just a great baseball experience, imo. So, I will be at the games on Mar. 18, 20, 22.
If any of you are new to ST, and have questions, I'd be happy to help if I can, although I'm sure there are likely a few more here who are 'in the know' better than me. This will be my 13th ST in a row (I said 12 in another thread but it's 13), and 15-20 over all. My family started coming down when the Twins made the move to Ft. Myers in 1991. Anyway ... just eager for things to get underway!