Spring Training hits different. It’s a promise of a new season, and an escape from reality, for even just a few days.
Think of these as the “Greatest Hits” of the early trips, starting with our first game at Angels Stadium and ending in Dallas, where my friend Ted finally told me we could afford to stay someplace nicer.
I didn’t really care who won going in, I just wanted to see a good game, but what I ended up seeing in Texas begged the question: Is Texas in trouble?
I think a better question this morning, after the news that Josh Hamilton had relapsed 3 nights ago in a Dallas-area bar, is not if you thought Hamilton would drink again, it’s “Are you surprised it didn’t happen sooner?”
Five years later, and I still think that Major League Baseball made a mistake in moving the Astros to the AL.