Next stop: Spring Training
There was some talk about how it’s in the 40s in Goodyear, Ariz., right now. But, c’mon. Those of us headed there soon aren’t about to start complaining about that type of forecast.
“They don’t have to shovel their driveway, right?” joked Tony Amato, the Indians’ home clubhouse and equipment manager.
No, no they don’t.
In fact, if my wife and I hear our relatives in Arizona say, “You don’t have to shovel sunshine,” one more time, we might puke. WE GET IT. IT’S SUNNY THERE.
Truck Day is always a nice occasion, because it unofficially signals the end of the offseason and the beginning of Spring Training. The trucks left the Indians’ home park today and the plan is for them to be there in Arizona to be unloaded on Thursday morning. Next Saturday, your humble Tribe scribe will be flying to Arizona to start reporting from there.
Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 15 with first workout on Feb. 17. Full squad reports on Feb. 18 with first workout on Feb. 20.
Until then, here are a few links for your browsing pleasure…
- Equipment departs for Arizona on Truck Day: Today’s story from the morning’s activity with some video I took.
- Around the Horn: Outfield: Continuing the ATH series with a look at the importance of having Grady Sizemore back in center this season.
- Around the Horn: Infield: A look at how the infield is shaping up for the Indians, focusing on the importance of a strong season from Matt LaPorta.
- Indians in talks with Bonderman: This is from Tuesday and there is still nothing new to report on this front. Cleveland has interest in the free-agent righty, and the Tribe has also been linked to Kevin Millwood in reports.
- Monday’s Indians Inbox: Talking prospects for the most part…
- Fans get up close with Indians at Tour: A story from the first “Tribe on Tour” stop.
- Acta ready to get rolling after busy offseason: A look at the many things manager Manny Acta has been up to this winter, including a recent trip back to the D.R. to open a multi-use facility for local families.
- While at the ballpark this morning, I shot this quick video of what the inside of Progressive Field looks like right now covered in snow.
- I linked to a few pictures from Truck Day and of the ballpark on my twitter feed, too.
Some discussion points for the comments sections: If the Indians went into camp with the current roster, who would be your starters at second base and third base? Who would fill out the back-end of the rotation? And who would win some of the open bullpen jobs?