Well has it been long enough for ya?
I will say that the Chicago Bears comPLETEly ruined this winter by being the most despicable Bears team maybe in my lifetime.
Even when the Bears are merely terrible, it makes winter a billion times longer and colder and worse.
Which makes today that much sweeter: little tiny baby infant Baseball Season 2015 is FINALLY here.
I was gonna draw just some kind of fireworks thing, but I just did some traveling to/from South America, and the experience I had coming back to land in Miami to go through customs and pick up my bags and check them again and connect to Los Angeles was a rather hellish day and night.
Then I thought what am I complaining about?
Just imagine international travel if you were Hector Rondon, carrying a concealed but deadly weapon with you wherever you went: the 97 MPH fastball.
That he throws for strikes, by the way.
Sometimes when I watch baseball I get out the pad and pencil and write stuff as it happens.
Towards the end of last season when he'd come in, I'd write "97, 98, 97, 97..."
That's alottta gas, man.
BP's Sahadev Sharma just the other day did a really nice article on the Cubs bullpen, pointing out that while their numbers weren't that great overall last year, 2014 was "transformational" in that the bullpen got worlds better as the year went on.
Rondon, Pedro Strop (and his crazy slider), Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Blake Parker, Brian Schlitter, and now Jason Motte - if they do what they were doing at the end of last year... well it ought to be some pleasurable baseball viewing.
Did I just say "pleasurable baseball viewing"?
I'm SO FREAKING HAPPY!
Pitchers and catchers have finally arrived, now how long til we get to see some Spring Training Action?