Warm sunshine. Fresh cut grass. Baseballs clapping into gloves. Players fielding grounders and pop flies.
And yet, it is only 40 degrees in New York. Spring Training in Port St. Lucie has finally arrived, and soon enough everything will be under the microscope, if it isn’t already.
Personally, I can’t wait. The story lines of Spring Training are always fascinating. Put aside the financial woes and think about what fans really want to hear about. Take these stories for example, all before the first game.
- Oliver Perez looks sharp.
- Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy, and Luis Castillo battle for second base.
- Jason Isringhausen returns to his roots.
- Terry Collins and his intensity.
- Chris Capuano and Chris Young.
- Angel Pagan vs. Carlos Beltran in center.
- Jason Bay’s recovery.
- Johan Santana – when will he return?
- The maturation of last year’s rookies – Thole, Davis, and Niese.
- R.A. Dickey – can he repeat last year’s success?