Day 34: More than a month in, things are moving at a brisk pace
Well, it’s been over a month now, and I’m still getting settled in to this “new normal”. Fortunately, there’s really not been much of a shortage for baseball-related news. There were the awards, and though often things will slow down (sometimes to a grinding halt) after that, they really haven’t slowed that much over the past couple of weeks. Terms like “lively” or even “busy” come to mind when you consider:
- HOF Ballot announcement
- Freese/Salas traded to LAA for Bourjos/Grichuck
- Schumaker to CIN
- KC sold George Kottaras to CHC
- DET sent Fister to WAS for a trio
- Cards sign Jhonny Peralta
- Jose Molina signed with TB
- Jim Johnson to OAK for Weeks & PTBNL
And perhaps among the more surprising moves so far this offseason:
- COL signed LaTroy Hawkins
Oh, well, at least he’s in the NL.
So, it really has been closer to feast than famine lately…and we’re still a few days away from seeing which players will be tendered/non-tendered. Winter meetings haven’t yet started, and the A-Rod circus is (thankfully) getting a lot less attention than it otherwise might be, if things weren’t quite so busy. Dude. I’m not sure how much of it I could take if the daily headlines were about minutia like A-Rod storming out of a meeting, then going on the air to spout off for a few minutes.
With only eleven weeks until spring training starts up again, I’m somewhat encouraged about not withering away and dying due to a lack of baseball this offseason. In fact, though tempted, I still haven’t had to break out games to watch to keep my sanity. Although before much longer, it may reach the point where I can watch a game leisurely rather than like some crack addict, glued to every pitch without blinking.