Spring Is Here: Pitchers and Catchers Report

Daniel ShoptawAnalyst IFebruary 14, 2009

It might be a little anti-climatic, since we've already seen pictures of those members of the Cardinals working out, throwing pitches, etc.  Today, however, is the first official day of the baseball season, as pitchers and catchers are required to be in camp.

I told my wife last week that it was almost time for the beginning of spring training.  "I'll be sure to mark it on my calendar," she said sarcastically.

"It's already there," I said, "but for some reason it says Valentine's Day instead."

This is a gala day.  ("Well, a gal a day is enough for me.  I don't think I could handle any more.")  I was going to talk about Skip Schumaker's transition, how everyone is excited about it and really looking it to see the upsides and downsides, but that'll wait.  No reason to even think negatively on the first day of spring.  If you can't have hope and optimism on the first day, you need to get out more.

If you get the MLB Network, tune in tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CST to watch hard hittin' Mark Whitten's four-homer, 12 RBI game against the Cincinnati Reds in 1993.  See old Busch, along with past Cardinal legends like Ozzie Smith and Ray Lankford and realize just exactly how much better off today's team is than that one!

Playing pepper has both Chicago teams today.  I'll put them both up this morning.  And yes, it's the Cubs on Valentine's Day.  Nothing's perfect in this world!