Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jonathan Tyler Lester: Enjoying the Sun and Grass...

....Presumably not the same kind of grass that Michael Phelps has been enjoying. The kind that's relevelant to a baseball fan. He surely is enjoying the grass that litters the infield, and covers the outfield. The kind that is good for baseball.

Although I was watching the weather yesterday, and the meteorologist did say that Florida was in a deep freeze, right on down to Miami. So, I don't know how much sun they're getting right now... and I don't know how refreshing it is to be standing out on that grass trying to warm up. But he's there.

If this can be the new version of truck day, the new symbol that baseball is coming, I would not mind. I would turn to my friends on January 31st and say "It's almost time for Lester to head down to Ft. Myers. I'm so glad baseball's coming back!" Knowing that someone is already there, getting ready for the season seems just a little bit cooler than truck day.

I have absolutely no recollection of Brad Wilkerson. The name doesn't even sound familiar to me. But, he's on our side now, so perhaps I'll try a little harder to commit him to memory. We need him, apparently, to be our bench guy while C+ recovers. Why does C+ require recovery time? Oh, no reason, just some minor back surgery. Just like everyone else, he was broken. Hopefully he is fixed now.

And perhaps, his ambulance will roll into Ft. Myers at the same time as everyone else's ambulances, and they can all wave to each other from their stretchers as they're being rolled into the clubhouse (or directly onto the field if they prefer). And looking over the battered bodies of his poor teammates, lying across all those stretchers, hoping to get ready for baseball again will be Munchkin. And for once in his life, he will feel taller than the rest, and his confidence will increase (if that's even possible at this point). Maybe it's not such a bad thing after all.

I'm hoping the Commander comes into spring training in better shape than he did last year. We all saw how well that worked out for him...

20 days until the first spring game of the season. Can you feel it? It's baseball. It's right around the corner!

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