We can't have an initial report of pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training today with the absence of the George Brett shitting on himself video. It's as American as apple pies. Across camps in sunny Arizona and Florida the spectacle of mostly out of shape baseball players will stretch, shoot the shit, and warm up their bodies to get ready for Opening Day which is about 6 weeks from now.
Braves fans received some good news today when a MRI on Jair Jurrjens pitching shoulder revealed no structural damage and just minor inflammation. Braves Nation including myself were lighting the torches for GM Frank Wren for trading away Javier Vasquez to the Yankees for Tony Tarasco 2.0 because of the supposed surplus in quality starting pitchers the Braves had. You dodged this bullet Wren.
Orioles fans should be ready for an interesting season in which the once proud franchise will look to snap a 12 season losing record streak. The additions of Kevin Millwood and Mike Gonzalez should solidify a very young and talented pitching core while the signings of Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins could provide some more explosive offensive weapons to an offense that boosts All Stars Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and up and coming talents such as Matt Wieters and Nolan Reimold. In the toughest division when you face the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays (all top 5 teams overall in the Majors) 19 games each a winning record would be a major accomplishment considering the Orioles are still extremely young in starting pitchers. Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, and Chris Tillman all flashed looks of future greatness last year as rookies but will have bumps in the road much like the Atlanta Braves did in the late 80's with Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Steve Avery coming up.
Either way it's a time to get excited about baseball. The winter is almost gone and spring will blossom soon. And Hall of Famer George Brett will be taking a dump in his pants near you.
The above picture is of a Florida Marlins Mermaid. This picture alone should make all those Cuban refuges down there want to go and see a game.