spring training

I love spring training. Ever since I was a kid, I loved to watch players I'd never heard of compete at a mostly professional level. It made me feel like I could one day play in the Major League Baseball. Spring training is a time for new free agent arrivals to wear your team's favorite colors, warm weather coming on the horizon and optimism for every team's future once again.

There is also something intriguing about seeing prospects play against your favorite superstars. The newer generations of ball players are seeing what it takes to make it to the MLB, and it is a chance for them to learn from the best. For the veterans it is just another preseason and they are hoping that the team they signed up for is going to be the World Series champs.  Everyone wants to win a ring one day. Each player technically has a one in 30 chance of achieving it .

Another beauty of spring training is the fact that everyone is on the same playing field for most of the spring season. Good and bad teams can quietly compete because the competition will be similar to the one that the prospects will mainly be playing.

This is also a chance to see what your team's future may potentially look like. Personally, I like to try predicting who the new superstars will be. Just remember, players like Derek JeterPaul Konerko and Albert Pujols among others were scrubs at one point during this time of year.

If you recall a few years back, Tim Tebow, a college football star at the University of Florida and football personality, laced up his cleats during spring training. Something we haven’t seen since our beloved Michael Jordan did it with the White Sox in the 90s.

See, scenarios like these are able to happen at spring training which makes it so much fun. Never in a real MLB season will you see players like Tebow or Jordan play ball. 

 So many things can happen, and the storylines are plenty. Every fan and team is optimistic which makes it fun for all and new players who get the chance to shine in the spotlight. Even writing about spring training has made me forget about COVID-19 for a little bit. Funny how sports can do that.

NICK CARTA is a blogger for The Vidette. He can be contacted at nfcarta@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @NickCartaISU

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