Note: I dedicate today’s blog to my friend David…who tells me I can’t slack on my blogging. 🙂
It’s the first day of the full team reporting to the major league spring training. The first thing was it was the first day to leave the jeans and sweatshirts behind! The weather has cleared and it is warm and beautiful!
After a talk with Ryne Sanberg,
the boys came out and stretched.
First they started running bases. From this I saw that Utley is moving well, possibly better than he has for years. Bobby Abreu was running smoothly, though his speed was noticeably less than the rest.
Then, from where I was, I watched some drills that included both pitchers and position players.
It was much more active and intense than in the previous days. What I liked hearing was new pitcher Roberto Hernandez telling young Jesse Biddle that they throw he made was, “Amazing”.
Utley also fielded well and showed no signs of injury.
I also managed to add two great autographs to my collection: Jonathan Papelbon and Mickey Morandini.
Jonathan Papelbon really surprised me. In the past he rarely signed and frankly, I didn’t recognize him at first. He was so relaxed and might ineven say, happy today? It doesn’t seem to be his natural state. All the other times I’ve seen him he’s had a “look”, his mouth was tight and he looked angry at the world. Today, a man called to him and he signed for everyone there and laughed and joked with everyone as he signed.
Morandini was also in a jovial mood, joking that, “what are you guys doing here, wouldn’t you rather be at the beach?”
Another change from previous years is that before, they always wrapped up at noon…today, when I left at 1:15, they were still going strong.
It was a good day…