This weekend I was out with the kids and we were driving past the now silent Minute Maid Park and #2 son looks out the window and says – Mami, I wanna go to a baseball game now. Can we go to the baseball game now? Please can we go to the baseball game? Please? I wanna see a baseball game now Mama. PLEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZEEEEEEE???
So I told him – we can’t because there’s no baseball in January.
He didn’t like that. It was 68 degrees out, clear, beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, and they had been playing in the park all morning. He looked around, looked at me and said – why not?
I said – because there didn’t used to be baseball in the winter because it was too cold and besides, the players are tired from playing all those months and they need to rest now.
Ohhh, said #1 son. They need to hide-berate. Like bears. Yeah!!! says my 5 year old. They get to come out and play when they see their shadows. And then they be hungry and eat EVERYthing. Mami??? How come they don’t go back to sleep after they eat all that?
Because – I said, then they aren’t tired or hungry and it is the right time to play baseball…
But, you know, I looked at one little nose glued to the window and 2 other little noses leaning as far out of their seats as they could and I thought of Rogers Hornsby 100 years ago telling people that in the winter, he stared out the window and waited for spring so he could go play ball. I feel the same way. It always seems like forever until Spring Training.
There really isn’t any new news – The Astros might could sign Runelvys Hernandez, a very fat righty pitcher who came up with KC, had 2 mediocre years, had Tommy John surgery in 05, had a lousy year in 06, spent last year in 3 minor league organizations and is now playing winter ball and supposedly throwing 97. Shrug. It ain’t the speed, it’s the motion.
Scott Rolen and Tony LaRussa finalized their divorce and Scott went off to show the AL how a real third baseman fields and Troy Glaus is now a Cardinal. It will be interesting to see how Rolen gets along with John Gibbons and JP Ricciardi in Toronto. He might could be missing TLR sooner than he thought. Toronto has a great defensive team, probably the best in the majors BEFORE they got Rolen. It will also be interesting to see how The Pest does with the artificial turf there.
And because I’m lazy and someone else did a great job, let me leave all yall with this link to Birds In The Belfry’s great analysis of the major league hitters at each position. This is ONLY hitting, not fielding. Check it out – and notice how good Luke Scott is…