If you are like me, you can’t wait for the spring games to start. The crowds, the food, just the overall experience of watching some of the greatest players in the world playing within arms reach.
I know a lot of you have travelled a long way to watch your boys start what could be a surprisingly good season. However, if you just can’t wait to get up close and personal with Paul Konerko, John Danks, Jake Peavy, etal, then you have to get out to Camelback Ranch this Saturday, the 3rd.
The Sox are hosting a fanfest. The guys will be taking batting practice and working out on the main field. Afterwards, they will be signing autographs for all the lucky fans in attendance. Now I can’t guarantee this, but I bet they’ll take a few pictures too.
It is a fan fest so there will be a number of fun activities taking place. Do I know what they are? No, not yet, but I’ll make some calls. I did hear something about face painting for the kids, but don’t hold me to that.
The fanfest at Camelback Ranch starts at 9am this Saturday. The weather looks to be great, so there is no reason you shouldn’t take part in this sure to be fun-filled day.
And if that’s not enough, when the fanfest ends around 11am, you can head to the backfields and check out their intersquad game. That’ll give you a chance to not only see some of the big names, but some of the future Sox as well. Afterwards, lock down your spot on the fence and get a few more autographs.
Paul Konerko arrived in camp this morning. One thing about Konerko is he knows how to handle the media. He doesn’t avoid them for 50 minutes, then seem surprised, and irritated, that they are waiting for him. He answers all questions asked of him, for as long as it takes. As they longest tenured Sox player, and their Captain. he sets what should be an example for other players.
Konerko doesn’t lie either. Most guys will talk about how said team has a chance to win it all, even if you and I know they have no chance. Konerko made it clear that even if the team doesn’t win, it still could be a successful season. He wasn’t saying that the Sox can’t win, he was just saying that if they don’t win, but the team is headed in the right direction, than the season should be considered a success.
He also talked about playing long enough for the Sox to be in the position to be a consistent winner. It’s not hard to see why Ken Williams considered him for player/manager.
I was talking to a friend tonight, and he was saying that a few more seasons and Konerko has to be considered for the Hall of Fame. If he plays another 6 years, and hits another 150 home runs, that’ll give his 546 for his career. I don’t think he’ll get 3000 hits, but he could get close to 2000 RBI. If nothing else, that does put him the conversation for the H-O-F.
Funny thing, Konerko gets to practice in relative peace. Kosuke Fukudome, who trails Konerko by 354 home runs, does not. He averages about 10 media people following his every move.
I counted 10, but there could have been more. The Japanese media types click their cameras, and shoot thousands of hours of video, whenever Fukudome blinks an eye. They do this every day, which makes it even more amazing…or should I say befuddling.
Got my first look at Nestor Molina today. That kid does have a live arm. He was cracking the glove with what looked like a mid-90′s fastball. Don’t know when, or if, he’ll ever pitch in the bigs, but he sure looks to have the arm.
The Sox have a lot of good arms in camp.
I’d go on, but I am tired. I’ll write soon.