SARASOTA, Fla. – Temperatures at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota are expected to reach the 70s again today. Sunscreen is readily available in the baseball operations building and the athletic trainers’ carts during workouts, and also in the dugout once exhibition games begin.
Can’t block out the excitement that comes with the first official day of pitchers and catchers spreading out on the back fields and in the bullpen area.
Optimism also is running high for a club that posted the best record in the American League last year. It’s time to defend the division title.
Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias will meet the press later this morning, which presents another opportunity for a health check.
Not Elias’, since we’re assuming that he’s fine.