Last year around this time, I was in Port St. Lucie, along with my fellow Girls of Spring, having the time of my life. Today, Matty Cerrone and CrazyMetGirl, two of last year’s PSL buddies, are there, but I’ll have to skip the trip this year. Which is so sad! I’ll miss Duffy’s! And Tradition Field! And Hurricane Wings! And more Duffy’s (because really, that’s just the highlight of the trip, and now featuring Kevin Burkhardt, whom we love).
BUT. I’m still feeling pretty giddy. Sure, the season hasn’t started yet. But baseball has. I can DVR Sportsnite again, and read a million updates on Metsblog, and see new footage of my favorites–Johnny Maine! Johan! David and Jose!–every single day, and soon…oh, blessed soon…there will even be spring training games! With our GKR team! I was in the Blind Pig yesterday (anyone who’s read this blog for any length of time knows that’s my favorite Mets bar hangout), and they greeted me like a long lost friend. “Will you play spring training games?” I asked buoyantly, “You know it,” I heard in response. Games!
In truth, spring training games are tough to watch in full, but they offer such rare little thrilling moments, and–more interesting to watch–moments you may never see during the regular season. Beyond getting a first glimpse at a hot prospect or possible future unexpected star, you get to witness the experiments. Jose batting third (huh?), Daniel Murphy trying out 2nd (I’m hoping, just to see what he can do), erm…Luis Castillo not sucking (we’re all hoping on that one). It’s these little moments–these lab rat experiments–that I’m going to be keeping a keen eye on for future blog reports. Well that…and anything that’ll make us all laugh, of course. Because when the games don’t count and the pressure’s at its lowest, that’s when our boys can have some pure baseball fun.
And you know what? With the news and CNN broadcasting such bleak reports, with headlines everywhere spelling world doom? Good grief, I’m going to be so friggin’ relieved to flick that button on the remote and just turn on my Metsies. Mets, you’re back!
Make sure to keep an eye on Matty’s updates from PSL as he reports top notch play by play of the spring training experience. And I’ll see if CrazyMetGirl will let me post some of her pics, which I’m sure she will!
Here are some awesome shots of how Mike Pelfrey spent his off season. Congrats, Mikey!
And yup, if you guessed Daniel Murphy for last post, you get a gold star!