It’ time to watch baseball. Even though the games don’t count, it will be fun to get some viewing in. Baseball always brings hope of Spring being just around the corner. Whether you watch games in Florida or Arizona you see nice weather, fans are in their shorts and short sleeved shorts and people are generally smiling.
The Cardinals will begin action on Saturday but before that there will be some games on Friday. For a full schedule you can find it here.
Games are slated for Friday, Feb. 24, with Orioles-Tigers starting things at 1:05 p.m. ET at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Also on that first day, the Phillies will visit the Yankees, the Reds will begin play in Arizona against the Giants, the Rays will play the Twins, and the Mets will visit the Red Sox at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
On Saturday, the Cardinals will be starting Luke Weaver on the mound to face their spring training buddies the Miami Marlins. He will just get a few innings in as he gets his work for the day and manager Mike Matheny will also use John Gant, formerly from Atlanta, and Austin Gomber who finished his season last in AA Springfield. There is a chance that reliever Oh will see some mound time.
Following the game on Saturday, the Cards face the Marlins again on Sunday before taking on the Red Sox and Nationals on Monday in split-squad games. Mike Mayers has been tabbed to start on Sunday while Monday’s split squad will see Lance Lynn and Michael Wacha get the ball for those games.
In other news, Kevin Siegrist threw 25 pitches from the mound to test his left shoulder soreness. The Cardinals have called upon Ozzie Smith to come in and work with the infielders on defense. The 13-time Gold Glove shortstop plans to be involved and have the defense ready to go when the season commences. Other guest instructors are Chris Carpenter, Jim Edmonds and Bob Gibson.
Cardinals president Bill DeWitt II has announced some new upgrades that fans can take advantage of on their next visit to Busch Stadium. He stated:
“As usual, fans arriving on Opening Day in 2017 will notice many subtle and a couple big changes in the stadium, as we like to constantly keep the place state-of-the-art and responsive to evolving fan expectations. We are converting the party rooms on the 300 level into the Perficient Red Jacket Club, which is an all-inclusive area that pays tribute to Cardinals Hall of Famers who wear the red jackets at official functions.”
Rick Ankiel has a book coming out called, “The Phenomenon” in April. This week in an interview he admitted to drinking some vodka just before a home opener following his epic wildness the previous season. He said:
“Before that game … I’m scared to death. I know I have no chance,” Ankiel said. “Feeling the pressure of all that, right before the game, I get a bottle of vodka. I just started drinking vodka. Lo and behold, it kind of tamed the monster and I was able to do what I wanted. I’m sitting on the bench feeling crazy I have to drink vodka to pitch through this.
“It worked for that game. … It was one of those things like the yips, the monster, the disease … it didn’t fight fair, so I felt like I wasn’t going to fight fair either.”
Even though the games don’t count yet….
Enjoy the Spring Training games!
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