What’s up blog browser…welcome to Prose and Ivy. Or are you a repeat visitor? Welcome back. After a crazy evening of editing this television show I’m producing, I’ve decided I need to wind down with a cup of coffee and a blog. So without furhter adieu…today’s posting.
So since its technically Thursday, the Cubs first Spring Training game is later today. About 15 hours from now. I’m really excited about this season and unlike most seasons, even Spring Training has grabbed my interest. While I normally follow along and see how they do (regardless of it means nothing in Spring Training) this year I’m especially intrigued. There’s just so many things up in the air and decisions to be made, positions that are being competed for. Very cool.
Centerfield. I’m a huge advocate of Felix Pie but that’s not news to anyone who’s read my previous postings. Who knows what will happen though. As much as we all want Pie to be incredible, we know have to admit all we’ve seen are flashes. And who’s to say one of the other players competing for the spot won’t step up this Spring and make the decision easy for Lou to go with them over Felix. It’s all about the numbers which for a ‘season’ that means nothing in the long run, maybe it means more than everyone’s willing to admit. I mean if we’re talking the long run…isn’t the long run affected by who we have in the lineup everyday throughout the year? Isn’t the Summer and Fall determined partially by how the early part of the season goes? And aren’t the faces of the regulars in April and May heavily decided by performances by competing players in the Spring?
And that’s why I think it’s so fascinating.
Dempster gets the first start of the Spring. Cool. Go get ‘em Demp! Do your thing man…set the stage and show how much you want it. Set the stage for every other player competing for a spot and make everyone push each other to be the best they can be among all the competition, it will only help us in the long run.
Derosa’s heart condition lately has me really worried about him. As a human being, I hope Derosa is ok and that this was just another simple episode like any other he has experienced in his life with this condition. As a fan, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t like Roberts at 2B, sure…but honestly, if not him I’m completely happy to go through the season with Derosa securing the right side of the infield. But let’s face it, something could happen…something awful (you know what I mean) and I have to think that Lou is thinking that as well…which will make the potential backups’ performance this Spring all the more important. So every game including a different face at second base will make the games even more intriguing for me to see the box scores.
The closer situation is an obvious one and I have to think that either Wood or Marmol will get the nod starting the season. Again though…this is why they travel to Arizona. To make huge decisions like this.
And oh Fukudome. It’s bizarre the excitement I already feel when thinking about listening to a game or watching a game, even in Spring Training, and anticipating Fukudome’s at-bat. Will he be more like Ichiro or Tsyoshi Shinjo? Who knows. (Please let it be Ichiro…PLEASE.)
I don’t know. I’m just really excited that baseball is kicking off later today. As I’m stuck in this edit room until who knows when…it’s times like these and I mean that in the most immediate and grandest of scales when I am glad baseball exists (despite all of its recent flaws and cheaters) and truly look forward to watching the 2008 Cubs unfold from the first pitch to the last out.
Anyway…thanks blog. I needed that. GO CUBS!!!