Hello all. Yes, I’m alive. The sun is out this morning and the temps are supposed to reach nearly 50 today. One can only hope the weather will be this nice in mid-April.
Earlier this week Emily Winslow, our Director of Community Relations, signed me up to be a speaker at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Harrisburg. About an hour before we headed over she came into my office and told me that I needed to talk about goals. The group of kids I spoked to ranged from the 1st grade to 8th grade, somewhat difficult to relate to all of them at the same time. Oh well, I think they had fun and I used the word goal probably two dozen times, making the teachers happy as well.
With spring training right around the corner, meaning the season is closer and closer, the talk of goals had me thinking about my life and my goals. So I’ve been thinking the past couple of days about what I would like to accomplish both personally and professionally over the next few months. These are in no particular order…
- Break 2:30 in the half-marathon I’m running on March 18 (I use the term running loosely!)
- Run (again using that term loosely) 400 miles during the course of the season
- Break 80 in a round of golf (yes, playing all 18 holes)
- Be kinder and more entertaining on the radio broadcasts (my new partner, Matt Dudas, will help with this)
- Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier (watching west coast baseball on TV in a hotel room is a killer for falling asleep early)
- Eat fewer french fries
- Eat more vegetables
- Eat less chocolate
- Eat more vegetables
- Be kinder and nicer to those close to me (no, I’m not going to say I want world peace, I’m not a beauty contestant)
- Not to let four-pitch walks to .220 hitters to cause my blood pressure to rise
- Enjoy watching every minute of every game and realize there are a lot worse things to be doing, regardless of the score of the game
- Write more blogs
- To not let the radio setup in New Britain bother me
- See the “real” Beach Boys in concert one final time
I warned you that there was no rhyme or reason to the list.
Okay, onto actual baseball related topics. I’m personally very excited for this season to start. First and foremost, things look pretty good for the Nationals to make some waves this year. And what makes that thought even more fun is the number of players on their roster that played here in Harrisburg. Secondly, I think we will see a whole bunch of really good younger talent this year at Metro Bank Park. I’m looking forward to seeing the group of players that I’ve heard about for the past two or three seasons. I don’t have any particulars but am guessing we will be pretty young this year. I should know a lot more when I make my annual trip to spring training in the middle of March.
I was saddened yesterday to hear about the passing of Gary Carter. The older I am the harder it is to hear about athletes passing that I watched their entire careers. I didn’t see the Expos play a whole lot of times in the 70s against the Giants, but I do remember a night game in about 1975 or 1976 that is probably the coldest night I’ve ever paid to watch a game in. I have no idea what the temperature was that evening at Candlestick, but extra socks, blankets, jackets, hot chocolate, none of it was nearly enough. And it was in July or August!
In the immediate future here at Metro Bank Park, we are beginning the process of getting everything ready for the season. The office is busy with selling tickets, advertising, and merchandise. The guys outside are busy getting the field ready (it looks great especially considering it was under 4″ of mud in September), clubhouses and the rest of the ballpark. I guess we’re still about eight weeks away from the home opener on April 12 against Reading.
Okay, that’s it for today. I’ll be back sooner than later and plan to write mini-blogs over the next six weeks updating you all on spring training, the office, and my goals. Have a great weekend!