With cold weather in the north and snow on the ground, the thought of baseball isn’t on a lot of people’s minds but we are just 100 days away from Opening Day today. It is hard to imagine that with the World Series just ending two months ago but spring training is now about a month and a half away. This year’s World Baseball Classic just adds to a longer than normal spring training and more baseball is a good thing.
There is one game that I’m looking forward to the most on Opening Day and that will be the first interleague game ever to start the season when the Los Angeles Angels face the Cincinnati Reds. It will be the first time we see Josh Hamilton in an Angels jersey and with a powerful lineup as well that will be forced for the first three games of the season to not have a designated hitter. That could come in as a big thing right off the bat but it will be different and fun.
There are tons of fans that are still in football mode with the colder weather of January and February ahead but I think a good way to stay warm and think positive thoughts is knowing that baseball is just around the corner again. The offseason will be over soon and all the big-time free agents will be in new places and everyone is back to 0-0 and still has a chance for a World Series. There will be fantasy baseball drafts to be had and tailgating to begin again. It is just so close now that I can taste it.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.