More than 10,000 fans are here, and they’re still filing through the doors.
They’re probably having a better time than Ty Wigginton, who’s doing his best to hide his disappointment in the Orioles’ roster moves.
Wigginton agreed to a two-year deal last winter because he was led to believe that he might be a starter in 2010. Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora weren’t expected to return, and Wigginton can play first and third base.
The Orioles signed Garrett Atkins and reportedly have reached agreement with Miguel Tejada - two right-handed hitting corner infielders.
You can see the conflict here.
“Really, I can’t worry about it,” he said. “I know every team’s goal when they go into the off-season is they try to get better. Obviously, you want to improve. I guess there’s nothing I can really do about it. I’ve just got to get ready for the season.”
And try to find his at-bats.
“It’s not like I went out there and hit .220,” he said. “I feel like I had an off year all year long at the plate and I still managed to pull out a .270-something. I think if I get my at-bats, my numbers will be there.”
Wigginton, who looks like he’s dropped some weight, could be a trade candidate in spring training. But the Orioles could use him as a backup at first and third. It’s not like he’s automatically squeezed from the roster.
Reminder: I can’t answer questions right now. I’m just trying to move the comments as quickly as possible between interviews and blog entries. My apologies.