Finally. Unlike football, it never feels like this has begun too soon.
I don’t believe expectations this year for the big Nats are as outsized as they were a year ago, but the enthusiasm remains the same. I’d like to think that 2013 may have parsed the 2012 bandwagon fans, but then I read some of the MASN comments and realize they’re just less vocal.
For me, it’s a chance to re-establish routine and have something to write about every morning (or afternoon) versus the litany of lists and previews that the minors offseason requires (though predicting rosters and pitching staffs isn’t so bad, is it?).
As I wrote earlier this month, the best chances for “our guys” are on the edges of the 25-man roster. Unfortunately, that was before the Karns-for-Lobaton trade, which indicates to me that this team isn’t going to go with a rookie if it doesn’t have to. Naturally, I’d love to be wrong about that, but I am New England-born and bred.
But not so puritanical as to pretend otherwise for about three weeks. First pitch at 1:10 p.m. on 1500 or 1580 AM.