Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hello Again

I just got into town...Port St. Lucie, FL. Mets Minor League Spring Training 2011.

It's always interesting to me to see how ballplayers react to seeing each other for the first time after an entire offseason. Presumably life has been relatively the same for most guys. Same routine. Same hometown. Same haircut (baseball players tend to stick to what works for them when it comes to hair).

But it's very possible that things could've changed drastically. More than one guy got engaged over the 6 month break. Some have had surgery, moved across country, gotten a new car (usually bigger or gaudier). However, baseball players tend to gravitate toward what they know. Meaning that most guys greet each other for the first time the exact same way they said goodbye the year before. It's a handshake and a bro-hug. "Hey man!", "What's up bro?", "Que paso?", "Tranquilo!".

It's all the same. It's all familiar. That's the way we like it. It allows us to let go of all the baggage that builds up over an offseason and simply do what we know best. Play ball!


  1. You were just on TV! During SNY's broadcast of the Mets-Red Sox game, they had a few seconds of you practicing bunting on one of the back fields.

  2. They must have been trying to show all their viewers ho to bunt like a pro!