DUNEDIN, Fla. — I just got back from shooting some pool with a few fellow scribes, while watching my Spartans get creamed by the Hoosiers on one TV and Dwight Howard put on a show in the dunk contest on another.
Before I headed out, I threw together some pictures that I snapped around camp today during Toronto’s first workout of the spring. I’ll be adding more photos throughout Spring Training and you can access the photo album on the left side of the blog. The "2008 Spring Training" link is what you’re looking for.
Obviously, the news of the day was B.J. Ryan (above) throwing in the bullpen for the first time in front of reporters and photogs. Ryan breezed through the session and reported no issues. While his progress is impressive, I’ve got to say that the one person that blew me away on Day 1 was Dustin McGowan.
I stood on the other side of a fence right alongside where he was throwing off the mound and the sound of his arm whipping and the hum of the baseball flying out of his hand was unreal. Sure, it’s just one session, but take it from Sal Fasano, who was catching McGowan.
"He’s one of those special arms. You’ve heard it a million times. But it’s funny, because when he goes from getting loose, so smooth out of his hand, and then he tries to add something … most of the time when someone tries to add something it’s like one or two miles per hour. When he adds, it’s like six. He’s so special. He looked great today."
Gustavo Chacin, Jean Machi and Robinzon Diaz were not in camp for the first workout. Rod Barajas was on hand and Alex Rios (sporting a short mohawk) and John McDonald arrived. The pitchers and catchers worked in the bullpen, ran through PFPs and did some general agility stuff.
More of the same tomorrow. Stay tuned for more…