Not for nothing, but I really want the season to start. I'm just not that interested in spring training. I can't make any sense of spring training. Mike Mussina leads the team in strikeouts, Shelley Duncan's our best power hitter, Derek Jeter's average is in the .200's, Joba Chamberlain's throwing sinkers for outs, Wang can't throw sinkers for outs, and Carl Pavano is still with the team. Its like the bizzaro world of baseball. Once the season starts everything returns to normal, Mussina's strikeouts go down, A-Rod's power numbers go up, Jeter starts hitting .300, Chamberlain sticks to his 4-seam/slider combination, Wang induces 20 groundball outs per start, and Pavano is no where to be seen.
By the way, it looks like the Red Sox are having the spring training we had last season. Schilling and Beckett are injured with no real time table, and there's already talk of Lester being the opening day starter by default. Sound familiar Pavano? Now, if only half a dozen hamstrings can snap within a two week period, it'll be exactly like our spring training from last year.
I for one am really excited about this season. Not that I've ever not been excited for a season, but this is something different. There are plenty of players in their walk years (Giambi, Abreu, and Mussina), veteran players out to prove they can still perform (Matsui and Damon) rookie players out to prove themselves (Kennedy, Hughes, Duncan and Chamberlain), young players out to build on what they've established (Cabrera, and Cano), and veterans who want that 27th world series (Jeter, A-Rod, Rivera, Posada and Girardi). I get the feeling that the older players feed off the youth, and that the youth soak up as much as they can from the older players. I think they push each other, and make each other better. We'll see how that plays out throughout the season.