I leave Toronto and its freeeezing temps tomorrow morning and am due to arrive at six-week home early evening. It’s been a long offseason and I’m definitely ready to get back to working the ball fields.
As I did last year, I’m planning on toting my camera around camp and snapping pictures for the first couple weeks. I’ll start up a photo album that you can check out similar to last spring. Unlike most of the newspaper beat guys, I’m down for the duration. They tend to send writers down in waves. So I’ll be bringing coverage starting on Feb. 14 through March 27 or so. Toward the end, I’ll be taking a day or two to catch my breathe before Opening Day in the Bronx.
And I’ve been following all the reaction and uproar in the Jays blogosphere on the recent ticket sales situation (opening sales to Red Sox fans for April 5-6 and tigers fans for April 18-21). My stance on the issue is basically that I can understand why the Jays would do it, considering the attendance following Opening Day at Rogers Centre tends to drop off significantly. It’s definitely an easy way to grab some additional dough to pump into the franchise.
What I don’t get, and I’m with you fans on this one, is why would the Jays open sales to opposing teams’ fan bases before single game tix go on sale for Jays fans on March 2? At least Opening Day at the Dome isn’t included in the advance ticket availablity for BoSox fans. But is this going to be enough for Jays fans to boycott buying tickets? I doubt it. Maybe it seems shady, and mainly it’s the principle of the thing, I get that, but there’s always plenty of open seats at the Rogers Centre.
Anyways, enough on that for now. I’m sure we’ll be talking about it more once we get down to Dunedin, where we can ask team prez Paul Godfrey more about the matter when he arrives. Until then, I’ve got some packing and planning to do. I’ll fire up the blog once I get settled in Florida.
I’m interested in seeing what Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee have to say during the Congressional hearing tomorrow. Too bad I’ll be flying when that’s all going down. I’ll have to catch the Sportscenter highlights when I get to Tampa. Talk about a soap opera, huh? Taped phone calls and bloody guaze and needles stored for nearly a decade in crushed beer cans. You can’t make up stuff like this. And once Congress is involved, well, one of these guys is going down for the count when it’s all said and done.
Enjoy this cold weather while I’m gone.
UPDATE — 11:15 p.m. ET: For those of you who are upset with the recent Jays ticket issue, it’s worth noting that single-game tickets are available to fans online on Feb. 15. So, that’s one way to get your paws on tix quickly, and well before they’re available elsewhere on March 2.