(1) It was almost warm enough today in Hartford [45 degrees!] for me to believe that the snow will eventually melt, spring will come, and there will be baseball in Boston again. Is it bad that this thought made me feel almost as optimistic as I did during the inauguration? Not in the same way, but I am SO over this whole "offseason" thing. Especially on years like this one when the so-called "Hot Stove" is colder than January in Maine [from experience, that's freezing, literally... and to add to the metaphor, Maine in January is boring, too. But I digress...].
(2) Rocco Baldelli is a class act, huh? I mean, can you imagine any other player making a gesture like that? Especially since the fans in Tampa Bay have been, shall we say, unenthusiastic [and that's charitable]. I can't wait to see him play up close next year: here's hoping his illness is the most minor of inconveniences for him.
(3) I think I'm suffering withdrawal from the MLB Network. Apparently, Trinity College only gets the most basic of cable packages, which I guess is understandable, but after spending my Winter Break being spoiled by 24/7 baseball coverage, I feel like there's a tangible void in my life without it. Studying the Federalist Papers just can't fill the emptiness.
(4) I'm a big fan of the Sox Front Office using the $20 million they saved on Manny/Marky Mark to sign Paps, Youk, and Pedroia, especially the latter two. I expect you'll get tired of hearing it, but I hold the right side of the Sox infield in the highest esteem: what's not to like? And there's still payroll left to sign Jason Varitek, should he decide to swallow his pride and put his money where his mouth is [so to speak], with all that "loyalty" talk .
(5) I got Watching Baseball Smarter by Zack Hample for Christmas, and in skimming through it, have to admit that it contains more insight than I initially expected. Hample does a good job of making the book simple enough for the most casual fan, and still informative and entertaining enough to hold the attention of a diehard. I definitely recommend it.