It's true: The St. Louis Cardinals' Pitchers and catchers are today obligated to report to Spring Training. Soon we will have things to talk about, besides how little there is to talk about. But you mustn't be fooled: Baseball season has not yet arrived. What has begun is a desperate month-and--a-half in which you try to convince yourself, over a period that feels like three months, that baseball season has begun.â†µ
And I say this as someone who loves Spring Training, right down to the fight to be the last man on the roster. It's just that you're going to be disappointed in how long a month is once you find yourself unable to watch most of the games, left with labyrinthine box scores that begin at Matt Holliday grounding out and end with Shane Robinson trading places with Mark Hamilton in center field.
Get excited about Spring Training, by all means. Get excited that pitchers and catchers are in Jupiter, where you wish you could be. But think of yourself circa March 7th when you believe that it's truly baseball time today.â†µ