Today was supposed to be a day where I got a lot of sleep and therefore a lot accomplished. Instead, I’ve spent most of today watching various Olympic skiing events, doing a little studying, and not a whole lot else. I’m not particularly proud of it, those are just the facts.
News today includes the loss of Endy Chavez to the Texas Rangers. I can’t say I’m very surprised -with the recovery from his season-ending, ACL-busting collision with Yuni Betancourt last year taking as long as it has, it was doubtful we had room for him anyway just as a matter of course – but I also somehow feel shorted, because he wasn’t around long enough to really see. It’s like he was a Mariner for five seconds and then poof!, denied. So good luck to him, and at least he’s not going to Kansas, where he risks running into (pun intended) Yuni again at some point.
Also, I’ve picked Saturday, July 3rd to go see the Everett Aquasox play their biggest rivals, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Everett Memorial Stadium. This will be my press box visit to sit with Pat Dillon of NorthSound AM 1380 and play observe-and-report. I am looking forward to it, as it is my understanding that the Volcanoes are like the New York Yankees of the NWL. I also get to drop in early for batting practice; I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty psyched about this whole thing. Will definitely stock up on camera batteries (my Canon goes through batteries like Jose Canseco goes through profanity-laced tirades about using PEDs). I’ve also got to try and study up on my ‘Sox, the only two I can remember are Hawkins Gebbers (interview, in that link) and Matt Cerione, and I’d like to have a few more faces and names put together if at all possible. In my head, Gebbers remains “that guy who looks kind of like Owen Wilson”, so it might be nice to know something about him as a baseball player – the interview has been a good place to start, it was recorded recently.
I am going to be so happy when this season starts. I’m not a knitter, I don’t build models or play RPGs or anything, and while I spend some time reading, it’s not enough to really fill up the days. This is truly the only hobby I have, and it’s a downer to have that taken away from you for months at a time. With nothing major to write about, and no actual insider knowledge, stories like this (complete with fantastic Ichiro fashion photos) have been keeping me afloat, but there really is no substitute for the real deal. Meanwhile, this article from Kirby Arnold and others like it that I know cannot be far behind are getting me geared up for Spring Training – and if your heart doesn’t just melt when reading about Steve Baron, then…then I just don’t know what to say! Only a little while longer…