Today in Tempe, Arizona, a collection of former and future Travelers opened up the spring schedule with a 12-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Among those players on the field were Mike Napoli hitting a two-run double to break the game open, Hainley Statia doubling twice, Hank Conger driving in three runs, Freddy Sandoval sending in two, Ben Johnson hitting an RBI double, Jose Arredondo throwing two strike outs in one perfect inning, and Rich Thompson throwing two perfect innings.
Meanwhile in Little Rock, the temperature was a spring-like 72 degrees at lunch, the windows in my car were partially down, and I was listening to the Cincinnati Reds play the Tampa Bay Rays courtesy of XM Radio, which later treated me to the Red Sox and Twins on the way to Kroger.
Spring training games are here –– and we are part of this. One of the objectives I had in starting this web site in January 2006 was to impress upon people in Central Arkansas that we are a part of the baseball universe thanks to the Travelers and all the players who come through here on the visiting teams. What happens in spring training games -- whether it be with the Angels or other teams -- affects what we will see, and the players we've already seen, too.
So it's about that time. Summer nights at the foot of the Broadway bridge are right around the corner. I'll have two slices of Damgoode Pies supreme and a lemonade from across the way, please.
-- Travelerocity reporter