As I look out my window I see snow falling and accumulating with a brisk wind thrown in for good measure. Yes, New York is caught up in yet another storm.
But meanwhile at Port St. Lucie, the sun is bright and about 30 players have already arrived and are doing unofficial workouts with manager Terry Collins. (Photo: NY Mets)
It may not feel like it as you gaze outside right now, but believe it or not baseball is coming back and it won’t be long until the official start of Spring Training arrives.
The best part about Spring Training is that every team is renewed and gets a new chance.
It’s a cliché, but it is always worth mentioning: Hope springs eternal.
As our own Andrew O’Brien wrote last year at this time:
Really, this is the best time of the year, in my opinion. For the next six weeks, all teams — and fans — think they have a shot at the postseason, or better. And there is no reason to think otherwise.
No team has enjoyed wins or suffered losses yet. For the most part, teams are healthy — or healthier, at least compared to last year.
And then there are all those fancy offseason moves that general managers have done.
For the Mets, it’s a little bit of everything.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of hope since 2006. But I think a lot of Mets fans sense success is coming, and it might not be as far as we think.