Peoria … where it all begins

Actually, it all starts long before Peoria. About five hours West at home in San Diego where, on Thursday, I’ll pack the car, stop by the dentist for a crown — no, I only wish I was kidding — and then make the drive on I-8 to Peoria for the first of 49 consecutive days in Arizona.

I have to admit, even if my wife is reading this, that Spring Training is fun. There, I said it. After what can only be described as a weird off-season — so long Trevor, Peavy is going to Atlanta, wait, he’s staying, now he’s going to the Cubs, ownership issues … well, you get it — it’s nice to get back to real baseball.

Even if that means, watching pitchers cover first base and shag fly balls and countless rounds of batting practice — yes, batting practice — while waiting for the first exhibition game on Feb. 25. It promises to be a different camp, with 60 players competing for 25 jobs on the Opening Day roster.

No China trip this spring but the World Baseball Classic will take Peavy and Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez and a few Minor Leaguers away from Peoria for as many as three weeks, which will give guys like Kyle Blanks some looks and Cactus League at-bats.

So anyway, let’s get started. Feel free to check back for some daily observations from Spring Training and beyond as we move toward the start of the regular season. As always, drop me a line if you have any questions, comments or if you know of any hole-in-the-wall sushi place in San Diego you can’t live without.

Cheers, Corey

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