Three Weeks Until Pitchers and Catchers Report

Glancing at my Harry & Whitey tandem Bobble Heads, I’ll be darned if I’m not starting to get Spring Training Phever. Rogers Hornsby, one of the greatest ever to play the game, was quoted as saying:

People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

I sure do miss Harry and Whitey, their voices from Clearwater the first signs of spring for so many years.  Spring training is Major League Baseball’s vestige of Field of Dreams, and everyone has high hopes of doing well this time of year, no less the Phils with our star-studded rotation.  Even in 1993, my first year venturing to Clearwater (and have been hooked ever since), with the Phils having finished last the year before, there were high hopes in Spring Training that morphed into a World Series appearance.

Larry Anderson, egging on Harry the K in the 1993 celebratory video version of High Hopes, is still a fixture in Fantasy Camp and in Spring Training.  Fans and players are considerably more mellow in Spring Training, hanging around to sing Sweet Caroline after the game, another March tradition.

Everything will occur sooner this year.  MLB has decided that the World Series wasn’t meant to be played in a blizzard, so they’ve moved up the schedule to finish the season before fans think about the size of their turkeys.  To end on October 28, Opening Day is March 31 for a bunch of teams, and April 1 for the Phils.  So we inaugurate our Spring Training schedule with the annual “Who’s Going to be the Next Buster Posey Who Haunts the Phillies” game against FSU Seminoles on Feb 24, with the first “real” game against the Yankees on Feb 27.  March 27 will be the last playing of Sweet Caroline, and the Fightins will head back North, looking to cash in on hopes that have never been higher.

Next time you’re found, with your chin on the ground
There’s a lot to be learned, so look around.

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant …

But he’s got … high hopes, he’s got … high hopes
He’s got … high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time you’re gettin’ low, ‘stead of lettin’ go, just remember that ant!
– Oops there goes another rubber tree, oops there goes another rubber tree, oOops there goes another rubber tree plant!

When troubles call, and your back’s to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall.

Once there was a silly old ram, thought he’d punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin’ that dam …. but he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes.

So any time you’re feelin’ bad, ‘stead of feelin’ sad, Just remember that ram
– Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon, they’ll be bursted soon, they’re just bound to go pop
– Oops there goes another problem kerplop
– Oops, there goes another problem kerplop
– Oops, there goes another problem kerplop

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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8 Responses to Three Weeks Until Pitchers and Catchers Report

  1. nancytorgerson says:

    Going through photo boxes today and found your baseball card! Here’s to a great spring and a wonderful, hopeful summer.

  2. Lynn Jungreis says:

    thanks for the reminder to get excited for the Phils!

    • May as well; nothing to get excited about anymore about football season other than Rex Ryan’s trash talk; in basketball except when Doug Collins is going to get frustrated enough to put on a pair of shorts and show his guys how to play the game; or in hockey to figure out where in the post-season we’ll flop. But ah, our Phillies — if Raul can re-locate the Phountain of Youth; if Jimmy and Placido and Shane can stay healthy; if Chase doesn’t take the first pitch unconditionally every time up, if Chooch can stay hot; if Domonic Brown lowers the helicopter swing a little bit, and if Ryan Howard learns how to hit an off speed pitch and lay off the low and away crap, as OJ would say: “Lookout!” Give this pitching staff four runs a game, and see you in late October at CBP!

  3. Dan Press says:

    Just a reminder about our Flyers…last year they made it in the playoffs on the last day of the regular season on a shootout win and secured the 8th seed. They unexpectedly made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and this year look better than I’ve ever seen them. Be skeptical about the sixers and eagles (lower caps on purpose) all you want but OUR Flyers are poised to raise the cup this year!!!!!!!

  4. Len Press says:

    What, me? Skeptical? 😉

  5. Laya says:

    Yeah,…. I Cant wait for phillies spring training!
    getting out of the snow and cold for a nice weekend in clearwater sure duz it for me!

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