Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This week, the players begin arriving from their homes around the world. Arriving in Ft. Myers, Tampa, Tempe, Goodyear, Mesa, Lake Buena Vista and some 14 other cities scattered throughout Florida and Arizona.

The grass is bright green and the skies are a rich blue. The air is crisp and clean. No one has struck out, no one has blown a save. Some of these players are guaranteed to be one of 750 elite athletes with a job in major league baseball. (30 teams - 25 players on each roster). Some are here to try and win a job...try and at least get on a minor league team with the hopes of being able to play baseball and travel for hours in non-air conditioned buses, living on a $20 per diem...all for the game.

The San Francisco Giants arrive at spring training in Scottsdale carrying the Commissioner's Trophy signifying they are Baseball's Champions. Are they favored to repeat by 'the experts'? NOPE

They actually had the fifth best record in the majors last year.

The team with the worst record? In Bradenton, FL, the Pittsburgh Pirates gather with the same feeling of confidence as the other 29 teams.

Games are not played on paper, they are played on the field.

Does it appear the Philadelphia Phillies working out the winter kinks in Clearwater, FL has the best pitching staff since the Braves rotation of the mid-90's? Sure. Do they just give them the trophy and say 'you guys did the best job of assembling a pitching staff, you win' NOPE

On the green grass and the dark dirt surrounded by tens of thousands of time clock...the game plays until it is completed. 27 outs, 9 innings. Could take 2 hours, could take 4...the beauty of baseball and it is back...

Unfortunately, these words are not heard any longer due to television contracts...but in the words of the great Ernie Banks...

9 Of Your Sparks

  1. Travis Cody Says:
  2. The idiot is gone from my team. Can I get a hearty huzzah??


  3. Barry Bondo Says:
  4. I have taken a vow to watch every single Giants game this year!...

  5. CiCi Says:
  6. Moving from San Diego with season tickets to Padre games, I was actually rooting for the Giants. I always liked them.

  7. Ken Says:
  8. I'm here, but I don't see them coming yet.
    That's Ok though.

  9. Jay Says:
  10. I'm not playing fantasy baseball this year. I hope that allows me to enjoy the games a little more. Also, can't wait to get past the Albert Pujols contract stuff. I know people will talk about it all season, but there won't be daily updates on discussions.

    I love Pujols and believe he should be the, or one of the, highest paid players, but 10 years? Sorry, that's just ridiculous.


    BARRY: In person or from the chair with a beer?

    TECHNO: OOO Season tickets...used to have them for my Yankees

    MICKEY-T: Look behind you...they are there

    JAY: I will play a couple of leagues, but not as many as before. Pujols...6 years tops..then put in a team/player option for two more years. Problem is, he is going to be old and might be a liability in the field and without the DH in the NL, what do you do then?

  12. So, you know, I'm not into baseball. At all. Ironic, given where I live, but hey, whaddya gonna do? Once in a while I check in with the local team, and I've actually attended a game or two. It's cheaper than an NFL or NBA game. But my real question is, so when are you and Nancy going to come out here to take in some spring training games? Huh?! ;)

  13. SONGBIRD: Dear, you know that if I am going to Spring Training, it is in Florida...Tampa...Yankees!

  14. Dana Says:
  15. One of the branches I support is in Goodyear, AZ. I frequently threaten to go down there to conduct training in the spring ...


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