It’s safe to say that I BARELY made it though the first two Spring Training games–in fact, only one and a half. During the win over the Red Sox Wednesday night, the weather went from warm and sunny to chilly and windy as soon as the sun went down. Combine that with standing outside all night and you’ve got yourself a Top 5 worst cold of all time. So, the President of Miracle Baseball, Linda McNabb, found me on a makeshift bed of office chairs during the Twins/Yankees game Friday and promptly let me go home where I am pleased to say I feel 80% better this morning.
I have had the three worst colds/sinus infections in my life when I have been in Florida…once my freshman year in college during spring break in Miami (that required a quick trip to an emergency med center in a not-so-nice part of Miami…), once during Miracle season last year (the chicken dance and YMCA on top of the dugout needed a break from me as much as I needed a break from it) and now this one–where I slept for about four hours yesterday afternoon on a double-decker blow up matress (Mom, Aunt Tish, Uncle Mike, and G-pa are still here…no bed for me!).
Anyway, the game and a half I have made it through have been fun–lots of work (14 hr work day on Wednesday), but great to see all the things we have done to prepare for opening night come together. It’s especially great when families come up to me and explain that this is their son or daughters first time at a Spring Training game and they are having a great time, or how beautiful Hammond Stadium is and what a great facility it is for Spring Training.
It’s comments like those that remind you why you’re doing what your doing and keeps you wanting to do it more. Many things we do go unnoticed, but when someone takes an extra moment to tell you what a great job your doing or how great their experience was… that makes it all matter.
We play the Red Sox again tomorrow, and hopefully I will make it through the entire game! Check out the MLB network–not sure Sunday’s game is on (MLB Network website hasn’t posted which games will airing) though. Also, TODAY on MLB Network, 30 Games in 30 Days will be coming to you from Ft. Myers Florida/Hammond Stadium on the Minnesota Twins!