Four weeks from today, the Rockies will begin their 21st season in Milwaukee against the Brewers. At times, it seems so close, and yet for some reason, Spring Training always seems to take so long in my mind.
This may sound a bit odd coming from someone who is starving to see meaningful baseball, but I actually have a hard time getting excited for the middle part of Spring Training. The first week or two is awesome. It marks the beginning of a new season, it sparks new stories involving the players you missed reading about, and there's just a general sense of optimism in the air.
After a while though, the limited information during games, the quick hook for most players who are going to end up on the 25 man roster, and just the overall meaninglessness of these contests kills to mood for a week or two - Or at least it does for fans who can't attend Spring Training. It's a different situation for the lucky fans in Arizona right now, but for everybody else, you can only follow "fake baseball" on MLB Game Day for so long before the craving for "real baseball" overwhelms you.
I've arrived at that point. We're about two weeks from things really getting interesting. That's when we get to the doorstep of the season and the battles for the last few roster spots heat up.
Until then though, there's a few links and minor story lines to keep us busy. Most notably, Jorge De La Rosa struggled big time with control in his outing yesterday, but manager Walt Weiss is not worried, or at least not yet.