Mar 21, 2013 at 7:16 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. (KNSI) - If you look up the word 'pristine' in the dictionary, you may just find a photo of the scene before me this morning.
As the sun creeps up down the right field foul line it bathes the lush green and signals a new day in the Grapefruit League. Twins had an early night yesterday, but likely will have a late one tonight as they have an evening affair in Tampa against the Yankees. Not going to make that trek myself, but don't rule out me finding some other baseball around the area. Or maybe a beach? You'll have to tune in to Ox in the Afternoon to find out.
In the iconic baseball movie, 'Field of Dreams' Shoeless Joe Jackson rattles off a litany of the sensory pleasures of the game of baseball. He ends his short monologue by remarking on "the thrill of the grass." No better way to rekindle that thrill after a long winter spent under almost 4 feet of snow.
I caught up with two baseball fans from the Twin Cities, Gary and Cathy, who were sprawled on the grass berm down the right field line at Hammond. Below is the conversation, and you can hear, for some its the simplest of things that make spring training special.
Before you take offense to the final comments of Gary there, his feigned concern for the cold, remember, less than two hours after those comments were made, the game was rained out. Weather justice is swift indeed.
Plenty to do before that open ended afternoon of mine today. Here in the morning I will be speaking with some Twins players and coaches, getting set to bring you all of that during the Bob Hughes show on Friday morning.
Until then, think spring!
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