Pushing a Giant Baseball Up a Hill and Watching It Roll Back Down Since 2008
‘Twas the Night Before Baseball…
…and all through the house/ I was sitting on my couch/watching Deep Space 9* and really looking forward to noon tomorrow.
Two things I wanted to briefly address this evening…
Former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is possibly set to retire. That’s probably not the most current story, but it’s what I have. At his age, this doesn’t surprise me, but it does kind of bum me out a little. Varitek was one of those guys on what I generally think of as the “bigger” teams that never really bothered me. He always seemed sort of grandfatherly to me, in spite of the fact that he is only a year younger than I am. I’m sure Yankees fans may disagree, but I have always gotten kind of a “good guy” vibe from Varitek. I have never had anything against him, and my baseball world will be smaller and a little more sad without him in it. Plus, it’s always a little saddening when a player decides to hang it up, especially a guy like Varitek, who has spent his entire career with one team. In today’s world of trades and free agents, it is indeed a rare player who spends a 15-year career in one place.
Our newly-healthy center fielder Franklin Gutierrez (pictured here making sexytimes face) is now newly-injured. Last I heard, he would be out for a month with a partially torn pectoral muscle, but I’m guessing it will be longer. I am not in the mood to panic, so while I am generally of the opinion that this is a negative, I’m going to hope that we can rely on our medical staff to get him up and running again, and number 21′s musculature to heal itself in order to help not. And if not? We have people who can do the job. Maybe not in as stellar a manner as Gutz, but they can do the job. We are so used to, I think, having excellent coverage in center field over the past few years that we have forgotten what having adequate coverage is like. Adequate isn’t excellent, but it gets the job done. I don’t need any wall-crashing, diving, or leaping catches, so long as catches happen. We still have Michael Saunders, who is working on improving his offense, and who I’ve always really dug in the outfield, and there is some talk of chucking Casper Wells out there as well, so I feel alright about it, even if I am sad at Gutz’s progress on the road to health running into yet another barrier (I don’t want to talk about the Figgins possibility, not until it’s absolutely necessary).
Yep, it’s nothing but old news here. Headlines like this are not helping me, so I am choosing to ignore them. I just realized this morning that it feels like Spring Training has already been going on at a more frenzied pace than it actually has, since the Mariners have shown up to camp before other teams. Our news has been longer ongoing, and the news that has come out of camp so far has been somewhat disappointing, but we’re still early, and I can’t start the year off being disappointed already. Spring Training proper starts tomorrow, at noon, on 710AM ESPN, and I fully intend to be fighting the walls of my office building to get a decent radio signal so that I can listen to baseball on the radio.
*Yes, I’m a nerd. Sue me.