In a mere 32 hours or so, the Boston Red Sox (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) will take the field against the Minnesota Twins in the first Grapefruit League game of the season. How sweet is that? Even if you hate spring training baseball and don't like to watch it, it's just a good feeling knowing that the team will be playing games again.
I tend to get very into the spring games for the first week and a half, before getting bored with it then jumping back in maybe 3 days before the regular season. It'll just be really nice to be able to listen to the Sox on the radio while doing homework, check box scores in the morning, and do all of those other cool baseball things.
I'm pretty pumped that Daisuke Matsuzaka's first appearance will come against the Boston College Eagles in the annual exhibition between the two teams. C'mon BC - do you believe in miracles? ;)
On a related note, College baseball's been underway for over a week now. BC started the year 0-3 with 3 ludicrously heartbreaking one run losses against three very good southern teams. On Sunday, they led #1 Vanderbilt 6-5 in the 9th with 2 outs and nobody on before the closer walked a man then gave up a walkoff two run blast for his 2nd blown save of the young season. It would have been a monumental win for the Eagles, probably one of the biggest in program history.
Even though they're not expected to do that well in the tough ACC, I'm looking forward to checking out a number of games at Shea Field since 1) it's baseball and 2) it's free. I encourage any of you to come join me for some BC baseball games. ACC baseball is superb.
There are some Spirit connections, too: ex-Spirit Joe Hastings is the assistant coach of the baseball team. I'll also be going to a few softball games - Jenna Macchi, Brian's sister, is one of the better players on the lady Eagles softball team, and Brian apparently serves as an assistant coach / advisor.
Should be a fun spring/summer/fall. Play ball!