Spring is near, and that has several meanings to me. Some good, and some not so good. Living in Florida it means the nice cool weather we have had for a couple of months will be coming to an end soon. This is a very big deal since I start getting uncomfortable when temps rise above 75 degrees. Yes, I know, I am in the wrong state.
What spring also signifies to me is pitchers and catchers report, and soon after, real baseball games start rolling along to officially begin, spring training. I am a big baseball fan, and more specifically my team is the Atlanta Braves, I am very much looking forward to Spring.
As a fan of the Atlanta Braves, I have been blessed enough to have a reasonable expectation of making a playoff run for the better part of the last 24 years. It just seemed that even after loosing much of the care team from the 90’s, we still had really solid pitching and serviceable hitting.
That has drastically changed as of this past off-season. Although the front office won’t admit it, we are officially in a, burn the house down and rebuild from the foundation, state at the moment. The expectation is, we needed to restock our farm system and be ready to field a playoff caliber team with the first year in our new ballpark, come the 2017 season.
I honestly don’t expect much out of the ol’ ballclub this year, but as always I am ready to enjoy the games. Even if we aren’t favorites to do much winning. Baseball, no matter how bad is still a game I love and respect, and I can’t wait to hear the words, “Play Ball” for the 2015 season.
If you are a baseball fan, hit me up in the comments or on Twitter and let me know what team you pull for?
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