19 Reasons I Can’t wait until Spring Training

Finally, the long and torturous offseason is about to come to an end. We’re in the home stretch now: 19 days until White Sox pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch. In honor of this milestone, here are the top 19 reasons I can’t wait for spring training:

19) I live in Connecticut, where there is nearly 5 feet of snow on the ground and it is cold and gray outside. I would like hear news from a place where it is warm and sunny and, best of all, there is not a spot of snow on the ground.

18) I’m curious to see if Gordon Beckham plans on bringing back this stylin’ hairdo:

 

becks1.jpg17) It’s officially time for the White Sox and Don Cooper to come face-to-face and either work it out or part their separate ways. It’s clear Don Cooper wishes he was with the Yankees right now, and it’s also clear that the front office is being petty towards him by communicating with him only via text-message. Both sides need to meet, and that will happen in Arizona.

16) Hoping Mark Buehrle will roll up the ball park in his killing-the-ozone-one-mile-at-a-time truck.

 

Picture_26.png15) Is this the year Jordan Danks shows us something special and earns a roster spot? Always hoping to see the younger Danks roaming the Cell’s outfield…maybe my wish will come true this year.

14) I get to see Chris Sale throw again, and be reminded why he is our future ace.

13) Our big free-agent signing, Adam Dunn, is at long last unveiled, ready to show us that we finally have a stable, powerful, and productive DH.

12) The post-Bobby Jenks era in the bullpen will commence, and the race for the closer spot will begin. Will favorite Matt Thornton emerge with the role? Maybe hot-shot Chris Sale? Or even a dark horse, like Jesse Crain? The competition should be great to watch.

11) It’s always fun to see what color AJ Pierzynski’s hair currently is.

 

3gMvt5CV.jpg10) Can Jake Peavy return to form after his unprecedented shoulder surgery? That question will finally be answered for curious fans like myself.

9) I’m waiting waiting waiting for Mark Teahen to be removed from the hot corner, and will relish the moment when prospect Brett Morel earns the spot. 

8) This year will be the year when Carlos Quentin revisits the MVP-caliber self he was in ’08. I just know it. The road back starts NOW.

7) Finally, I can start watching ESPN again. I don’t mind football, but I want some baseball news sprinkled in there. Otherwise, I start doing homework and actually become productive. And that simply cannot do.

6) I can also begin wearing my ChiSox apparel once again in places other than gym class. I don’t like wearing my Mark Buehrle shirt if I know there’s no game it will bring him luck in.

 

media.jpg5) Spring training always coincides with the beginning of second semester. I’m halfway through the school year. Baseball reminds me that I’m almost there, that summer will come soon enough.

4) With the dawn of each new season comes hope. Hope that the ChiSox will not disappoint me this time. We will go 162-0 and win the World Series and watch those Twinkies cry themselves to sleep at night in last place. At least, that’s what I can hope for.

3) As teams take shape, I can make predictions for the season…and maybe this year, one will actually be right.

2) We all know that spring training will not end without a word from Oney Guillen and his Twitter feed. He’s not done yet. There’s always someone to bash.

340x_screen_shot_2010-12-29_at_10_13_41_am.jpg1) And of course, where there’s Oney’s mouth, there’s the man who gave him that voice in the first place.
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2 comments

  1. raysrenegade

    I am so glad you brought up your Bullpen in one of your reasons.
    I surely do not underestimate the power and sheer talent that is going to be sitting there to end games. Jenks was a good ballplayer, but he somehow lost a bit of his edge in 2010 and got rocked at times. His change of scenery might do him wonders, I know it will make the White Sox Bullpen stronger.
    My buddy AJ. Got to admit I was not a fan of his a few trimes with ghost plays against my Rays, but I got to talk to him at a University of Florida football game on the sidelines and I have more respect and admiration for the guy.
    Got to love a player who will do anything short of dying for his team….I think the other 29 teams wish they could clone that spirit and confidence.
    Great post.
    Hoipe the snow melts quickly.

    Rays Renegade
    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

    • Catherine

      I hope you’re right about the bullpen becoming stronger. Jenks has been anchoring that staff for so long that it’s hard for me to imagine life without him. I do have faith in Matt Thornton though, so we’ll see. So happy AJ’s back, especially since I heard how close he supposedly was to the Dodgers deal. I’ll take his heart anyday, even if he doesn’t hit as well as he did in the past.
      Catherine
      http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

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