2/6/14: A few thoughts
A few thoughts from report day…
— They really shouldn’t call it report day, because the pitchers and catchers don’t actually have to show up at Salt River Fields. They simply need to check in to say they are in town.
In addition, almost all the guys — even position players — have been working out at the complex for days if not weeks.
— Speaking of which, the quote of the day on that subject came from pitcher Brandon McCarthy: “It’s just good because in the last month is when you start to hit that boredom point of you’re done with the offseason, you’re sick of your loved ones, you want to get out of your house, you kind of want to get back at some competitive outlet.”
— And while we’re on the subject of McCarthy, his comments about the determination in the clubhouse this spring really jumped out at me. You can read them here.
Look every team sounds optimistic during Spring Training especially early in camp, but this sounded different, there was an intensity and specificity about what needed to change that caught my attention.
Maybe it means nothing, but in listening to McCarthy and then to manager Kirk Gibson later, it seemed like things are quite different than they were last year.
— Here’s a link to today’s notebook with information on the closer competition, Mark Trumbo’s signing and Henry Blanco.
— The D-backs will go out to stretch and begin Friday’s first workout at 9:30 and they will be on the field until close to noon.
— All spring long workouts are free and open to the public. Fans can park in the Desert Parking Lot.
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44 days until opener in Sydney
53 days until opener vs. Giants at Chase Field
234 days until the end of the 2014 regular season