Sunday, February 21, 2010

In Honor of Pitchers and Catchers Reporting

It’s today! Finally, baseball is coming out of hibernation. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training. This year, it feels a little more special because of all the hype around our pitchers and catchers. Let’s start with number one, Mark Buehrle. He’s been chosen to be pitching on opening day for the record-breaking 8th year in a row. But despite a perfect game and a no-hitter, plus a gold glove on his trophy case, he’s not even the strongest pitcher in the bunch. There’s Jake Peavy, who I can’t tell you much about just yet. But I do know he’s an ace and we paid good money for him. Then, there’s Gavin “Curve Ball” Floyd, who didn’t have as successful of a 2009 as his 2008 was, but is nevertheless a terrific pitcher. There’s John Danks, who had some circulation issues last year, but nevertheless pitched more innings last year than ever before. And then there’s Freddy Garcia. Who I don’t have kind words for just yet. He may still have another strong year in him, but he’ll have to earn it.

There were other things going on this week, like the whole Johnny Damon fiasco, but I hate writing about rumors. It turns out Damon IS coming to the AL Central, but as a Tiger. There was also some news about a reality series featuring the office aspect of the White Sox on the MLB Network. Presumably, starting when baseball season starts?

In the meantime, keep the countdown to spring training in mind, and opening day is sooner than we think!

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