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Today is the last day with no baseball until sometime late
next October or early November. How great is that? Pitchers and catchers begin
reporting tomorrow and Thursday, with workouts beginning next week. But many of
the pitchers and catchers that are due to report tomorrow have already
reported, so it won’t be long now before there are actual highlights on TV of
Spring is just around the corner!
My enthusiasm is curtailed only by the fact there is over 18″ of
snow on the ground at my house right now. Growing up in Sacramento I never had snow at this time of
the year in my yard. Then again, I think it had only snowed two or three times
in my life. So I’m not really sure how to handle all of these
conflicting feelings. Snow/spring. Snow/pitchers and catchers reporting.
Snow/warm weather in Florida and Arizona.
I don’t know how many emails I’ve received about the snow and the construction
on the stadium, so let me take this space to set the record straight. The
ballpark is going to open on time. The snow is having little to no affect on
the progress of the construction. I’ll touch on the construction more later.
New manager Randy Knorr was here most of last week, thanks to the snow. He was
supposed to arrive here on Tuesday and go home on Thursday, but with the
blizzard that took place last week he didn’t get home until after midnight
Friday into Saturday morning.
He didn’t seem to mind though as I’m not sure how much snow he’s been around,
at least while it is falling. He was able to tour the ballpark and home
clubhouse and he seems genuinely excited about the ballpark. We had a
chance to get to know one another since we spent a lot of time together.
If you want my unsolicited opinion, I think he’s going to be great.
Construction update time… the ballpark is still on schedule. Just outside our walls we can hear the work on the new Senators merchandise store. On a side but related note, I’m not sure what we’re naming the store, but if you have any ideas let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The boardwalk connecting the main seating bowl with the existing boardwalk in left field is nearly finished, which is exciting. Work continues on the luxury suite level and on the main level, finishing the concession stands, restrooms, etc. The clubhouses should be finished by the first week in March and I heard a rumor that the seats should be installed by the middle of March.
I want to personally thank everyone that donated money towards the Haitian relief in hopes of winning a luxury suite for a night. I’ll be announcing the winners later today so stay tuned to the Senators website for that big announcement.
One last note, one of my co-workers, Jonathan Boles, made his TV debut today when he was interviewed by cbs21. The interview will take place this Thursday so if you’re in the area you can see it “live” on the 5pm Thursday newscast. If you’re not in the area, it will be on their website beginning Friday (www.cbs21.com).
I think that’s it for now. I need to go do some digging so I can take some updated pics of the ballpark.