Manager (and Bigelow Tea Spokesman) Terry Francona’s Red Sox had a
busy offseason, bolstering their roster for a championship run in 2011
Warming our hands over the embers of baseball’s hot stove this winter, there’s been talks of trades, offseason moves and last season’s transgressions. But now all the passionate judgments are wrapped in a fresh coat of spring optimism. You know that Bigelow Tea loves baseball, and even though the parks’ verdant grass is still buried in snow, we’re feeling that giddy anticipation for the day when they declare “pitchers and catchers report!” Welcome to Spring Training 2011!
Soon the boys of summer will return, as equipment managers pack semi-trailers for travel to the sunny confines of Cactus and Grapefruit play. Much has changed in the great game of baseball. In the past, many ballplayers farmed, sold cars or peddled insurance in the off-season while waiting for spring. Today, fall and winter leagues prepare the up-and-comers (and the still-hopeful) for the rigors of the game and the new season, while the full-time professionals can’t just show up at spring training intending to ‘get in shape’ for opening day. Instead, they make a year-round commitment to physical excellence.
Spring Training games are also big draws for clubs, often selling out facilities such as the Met’s home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Added drama to this year’s spring training are the rumors about Bigelow Tea favorite (and spokesman) Joe Torre; we know he won’t be sipping his green tea on the dugout steps this season – but perhaps he will be in the Baseball Commissioner’s office!
The 1921 New York Yankees, Spring Training in New Orleans’ Pelican Stadium
And amid all the buzz every February, we also remember those who’ve passed away in the last year, like “The Boss,”George Steinbrenner. Also gone forever are Sparky Anderson, Bob Feller, and many other baseball greats. In their stead are the tide of fans, players and coaches, each of whom believe, deep down, that this is “the year.” Hope springs eternal at spring training, on and off the diamond!