I don't know if it's the fact that the Dodgers' exit from the 2009 playoffs left a bad taste in my mouth, as well as an empty feeling in my gut; or the McCourts' divorce-slash-boring-soap-opera evokes a vitriolic combination of sympathy, depression, and outright disgust; or the transition from winter to spring has aberrantly not been cushioned this year by a solid, tourney-bound UCLA basketball team.
Whatever it is, this has been a really, really boring off-season. I mean, if not for the vancouver olympics--dammit, these olympics always seem to suck me in, despite my best efforts, as I end up becoming enraptured into rooting for the Americans, compelled by ridiculous "events" that are being sold as "olympic sports" (I mean, come on, curling--Norwegian pants and all--honestly belongs on the decks of a cruise ship, rather than a pursuit worthy of achieving precious metals), and wondering why Bob Costas feels the need to dye his hair--I would have probably gnawed my arm off just to quell the boredom of this offseason (no, the signing of Reed Johnson didn't really get my blood pumping).
But today, my fellow Dodger fans, the long nightmare ends. This barren wasteland of a winter finally thaws out into the promise and hope and sunshine and joy of spring, as we welcome the first game of Spring Training for our boys in blue.
The Dodgers face the Juan-Pierre-led White Sox at 12:05 PT, their first spring training game, in a contest played at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, where neither team is technically the "away" team. But today, as the mercurial scheduling gods of spring training have so decreed, the Dodgers are indeed that paradoxical visiting team. Which means they bat first. Which means we need to tune in on time!
Those of you with access to MLB At Bat 2010 can listen to every pitch live, as I will be doing over my lunch break. At Bat for the iPhone hasn't figured out all the kinks in that whole "background audio" thing, but hey, I'll cut them a break because everyone is working out kinks in spring training (Sons of Steve Garvey notwithstanding!).
I can't even tell you how much I'm jonesing for some Dodger radio broadcasts. I have spent the last two teams listening to the Orioles' and Brewers' radio broadcasts just to get a fix, but this isn't the same. Still, it's baseball on the radio, so I'll take it; it's better than nothing!
So enjoy the first taste of Dodger baseball. And comment away in this thread if you want to start getting your GameThread skills back into shape!
photo: Globe and Mail, Jan 2010 (uncredited)