I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but shitty boring January and its dumbass winter-partner-in-crime February are now officially over for another year folks. And we’re only a couple weeks away from St. Patrick’s Day and drinking shitty green beer (if that’s your thing) in a bar that blasts a best of The Pogues playlist.
And fingers effing crossed here that the whole minus 20 and 30 thing is now past us as the days get longer and March 29th approaches. But, goddamn it, isn’t it a beautiful thing that the good Birds of Summer are in Dunedin playing some Grapefruit games, so that you can pretend to work while you really listen to the sweet sounds of Blue Jays baseball?
And, sure, they are ‘fake’ games and who really gives a shit about the outcome, but it’s a great opportunity to have a look at a lot of talented prospects who have worked their way through the farm system to get the invite to camp.
It’s a pretty awesome feeling knowing that spring is around the Dunedin corner because soon we can put away our ‘Bob and Doug McKenzie’ toques and parkas – eh! And put on our damn Jays caps.
So, I might be getting a little over-excited, since we’re probably still at least a snow storm away from spring, but it’s fun to think about the start of the baseball season and the glorious summer that follows, which will be here faster than it takes Buck Martinez to pronounce Jason Leblebijian and Yangervis Solarte. And the truth is, what would summer be without a good ol’ fashion road trip?
One of the best road trips I ever took was to Rome, New York, for shitty Woodstock ’99. Me and my friends drove down completely unprepared, made a tent with sheets and hockey sticks, and tried to make what little cash we had last while paying close to 8 dollars American for a bottle of water – a total bullshit venue it was, but a great memory nonetheless.
I digress. One fun baseball road trip that Ontarians should think about making this summer would be down to Lansing, Michigan. It’s an easy cruise down some I-69 West asphalt and it will lead you to the home of the Lugnuts, where Jesse Goldberg-Strassler will be calling the games at Cooley Law School Stadium.
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