I randomly found myself with a day off, 60 miles south of West Palm Beach (in Miami for work), which could mean only one thing: I was going to Spring Training.
It was my first time attending & I felt a bit like a kid at Disneyland unable to decide which ride to enjoy first. There's so much going on all at one time & I only had about three hours to take it all in.
A few thoughts about my time at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches:
*Morning stretches started as soon as we got there & seeing everyone out on the field got me pretty hype for the 2017 season.
*Being able to see Lance McCullers throw live BP was exciting and possibly the only thing I stayed still for longer than ten minutes (like I said, there's so much going on). He looked comfortable, focused & in great spirits during & after the session.
*Tyler White & Yulieski Gurriel took time during fielding practice rotating out at 1B. I personally am a fan of Marwin Gonzales at first but since he can be utilized in a few positions, a solid first baseman is necessary & long overdue.
*Seeing Adam Everett & Roy Oswalt at camp brought back the warm fuzzies of 2005. Seeing them dispense their wisdom & advice to these young players made me hopeful that not only did they have a hand in getting the 2005 team to the World Series but that the same could be said of them for the 2017 team.
*I need the giant Astros logo outside of the main stadium in my front yard.
*I can't wait for April 3rd.
I took a few pics & posted them on my Twitter feed (@jexas). Enjoy.