It’s a breezy 80 degrees and sunny today here in Ft. Myers–what a great day to be working outside! I wear “work clothes” to work everyday but somehow find myself in my Nike running shorts and t-shirt by lunch…. there is lots of moving and cleaning that has to be done before Spring Training oficially starts. Today, I’m taking down the old billboards in the outfield–not a bad gig when the weather is this great!
New faces are starting to appear at the stadium–today it was the Twin’s clubhouse manager, “Hotrod,” and other guys from MN helping unload boxes and boxes of Gatorade and other clubhouse essentials. It’s nice to have a little activity down here–can’t wait until things really pick up tomorrow, when the Twin’s truck arrives with everything else for the clubhouse and players.
It’s amazing to me that I will be soon passing people like Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau down in the tunnel… as a sports fan, it’s hard to differenciate how I veiw them (sports celebrity) and how they view themselves (regular twenty-something-year-old).
Little boys dream of being like these guys the first day their dad’s teach them to play catch–I can’t imagine how Mauer feels knowing that every spring brings a new season of nights under the lights and every fall brings the opportunity of being Mr. October.
“You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you” -Roy Campanella