The temperature has crept above freezing, the sun is shining, and the massive snowfall is beginning to melt a bit. The slightly warmer weather gives us a glimpse of the spring to come.
Another sign that spring is just around the corner is this: pitchers and catchers report to the Cleveland Indians’ spring training camp tomorrow. Spring training games then will start in a few weeks. The Tribe is in the Cactus League, playing from the Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.
It will be a new roster of catchers and a bunch of new pitchers for the Indians this year, in what will undoubtedly be a “rebuilding” year. The question for Tribe fans is whether the Indians’ roster actually includes enough talent to really rebuild, or whether we are in for endless and embarrassing years of futility, as was the case in the ’70s and ’80s. In any case, expectations for 2010 are very low indeed.
When pitchers and catchers report, however, hope springs eternal.