Greetings from Jupiter, where the Mets are stretching in left field and Cardinals are running sprints in right. It’s a marvelous, sunny day _ the way it has to be next Monday at Shea.
There should be a law Opening Day has to be played in the afternoon, with plenty of sun. Let it rain the next day.
A smoked turkey leg for lunch at one of the concession stands. Monstrous thing, something out of the Flintstones.
The concession stands are one of the joys of spring training. Lots of barbeque and grill smoke. Ice creams and funnel cakes. It’s like being at the carnival without the rides.
Another thing that’s great is talking with the scouts and retired players. When these guys talk it is tempting to want to write it down, but you know it is all off the record. That’s why they are so open.
Scouts can’t be quoted. If they are quoted talking about a player on another team in a critical manner, it is grounds for being fired. Listening to a brutally honest scout torch a player is something to behold.
Not a trade or draft pick that goes down, or doesn’t, without input from a scout. They’ll follow a team for weeks looking at a player, and when it is time to pull the trigger on a deal, they are the first ones the GM’s call.
You want to know why Sammy Sosa isn’t a Met? The scouting reports Omar Minaya got two winters ago were on the mark _ the guy can’t play anymore.
Bill Parcells was in the press box today. He’s a friend of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and makes the rounds. Tuna looks tanned and rested. That will change once camp opens and he gets Terrell Owens.
Chris Carpenter is about to throw the game’s first pitch, but is waiting. That’s right, the game is on television. Even in the spring, the tail wags the dog.
Going to run now. Don’t forget, the invitation is always open if want to talk about the Mets or anything about baseball.
Take care and go Duke. Ooops. Never mind.