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Spring training is officially underway in Port St. Lucie, Florida and at other sites throughout the Sunshine State and in Arizona.
But unlike most years, I’m just not excited about it.
I wish it were just frustration with the Wilpon family finances, Sandy Alderson‘s doublespeak and the very real possibility that the Mets Opening Day outfield will not include anyone who should be a regular in the major leagues.
Those things are all part of it – a better Mets team would provide a better distraction from real-world problems. But even if we were looking at a team we all thought could win the World Series, I don’t think I’d be that excited about spring training.
Right now, it’s too hard to pretend to care who’s showing up to spring training “in the best shape of their life” while I’m watching my father’s health continue to decline.
Maybe baseball will seem more interesting when the games begin, maybe it won’t. I have no plans to shut down this website, but I don’t really feel motivated to write the way I used to either.
The 7 Line‘s Darren Meenan has created a UNITY t-shirt to raise money for charities that will help New York communities such as Breezy Point, Rockaway Beach, Staten Island, Long Beach recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Taking a brief break from baseball to link to something my friend Suzanne wrote for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
You know October is here when all the talk on campus is of Homecoming and dreaded midterms. However, something else is happening. It is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, also known as Intimate Partner Violence. For me, it has been my mission since leaving my abusive marriage, to inform, educate and empower folks who are being abused or know someone in such a relationship. To let you and them know, you are not alone and help is out there.
I really haven’t been posting regularly for the past two months. Partly it’s because of the mix of apathy and frustration that the New York Mets have inspired, but mostly it’s been because of personal issues. I don’t think I’m going to be back to writing every day anytime soon, but I will try to do better than I have been. I’ve been a bit more active on Twitter (@PaulsRandomStuf) and Instagram (@pauleybaseball), since they are easier to access via my phone when I have a few free minutes.
Congratulations to the Akron Aeros, who defeated the Trenton Thunder last night to win the 2012 Eastern League championship title. I didn’t get to see any of the series, but I did watch the Thunder beat the Reading Phillies to advance past the first round. The Reading Phillies were very gracious after their defeat, hanging out to sign autographs and handing out cleats and caps to their south Jersey fans after the game. Darin Ruf, who gave me what will probably be my final baseball park autograph of the season, had reason to want to celebrate – he was headed up to the big leagues. The rest of the guys could have been forgiven if they just wanted to get home.
Good news: After being offline except for what I could access from my phone for the past day and a half, I replaced my router and I think I’ve finally gotten the problem solved.
Bad news:Johan Santana continues to set new Mets team records for awfulness, and I have no desire to write about tonight’s game.
So here’s a random Jae Seo baseball card that I had scanned months ago and never posted. I find it amusing that calls the fabric swatch a piece of an “authentic Futures Game-worn New York Mets(R) Jersey,” even though Seo pitched for the World team in that game. Points for matching up the relic with a photo from the game, though.