Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cubs Baseball is On the Air (almost)

As Pat Hughes will undoubtedly say at some point during the Cubs' first game broadcast, "Its not just Spring Training for the players." Usually, he is referencing a goof by the umpires, scoreboard operators, or even himself, but it would also fit well for the fans.

I know I am not in my full baseball season mode. I have only recently even begun to formulate a strategy for my fantasy baseball teams. At this point, I have my team name chosen in my keeper league (Boom! Roasted), but no semblance of an auction strategy yet.

My other team is even worse shape. I have no name, and I have not even begun to put together a draft sheet. My draft is less than a month away and I haven't even looked at any pre-rankings of players yet.

I think part of the problem is that it is still frickin' freezing out. There is not much in the Chicago weather to suggest that baseball season is around the corner. April is never warm at Wrigley and I have stopped even hoping to be semi-warm on Opening Day. I'm now happy if it is not snowing and the wind chill stays above freezing, but even by those standards, it is not close to baseball weather yet.

I also haven't received my season tickets from the Cubs yet. That is usually the day where I turn the mental corner into baseball mode. I don't run out into the snowy street and hug my FedEx driver like Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch, but I usually have the opening to 2001: A Space Odyssey playing in my head as I open the package.

Myy mental preparation has also been further slowed by an inability to make it out to Arizona this year for Spring Training. I have been making so by living vicariously through the Boys of Spring blog that posts a lot of pictures and goings-on from Fitch Park and Ho Ho Kam.

So I'll be tuning in to the game today on WGN radio to hear Pat describe the colors of the teams uniforms, Ron being unfamiliar with most of the minor league players, and some scintillating conversation about tuna fish sandwiches. I can't wait.


Harry Pavlidis said...

Don't we usually have our tickets by now? Anyway, it's Ron's birthday (Brenly, too), which makes the first exhibition a good gift for him. What better than a chance to mispronounce Esmalin Caridad?

SixRowBrewCo said...

Bottom of the first for the first, "Its Spring Training for us too" quip from Pat.

I think the tickets usually come in early March.

Anonymous said...

The tickets usually come about 2nd week of March, if memory serves.

Anonymous said...

You may as well give up on your pre-fantasy scouting. Look at all the work you did last year, and you got beat by a girl.

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