Well here it is, the day for which we’ve been waiting. Pitchers, catchers, and injured players report to Sarasota today for the Baltimore Orioles. Let’s be frank, however; this isn’t earth-shattering. The world doesn’t look different today as opposed to yesterday, nor has anything changed.
However pitchers and catchers reporting is the first beacon of light in the off season which indicates that baseball season is coming. Heck, position players reporting next week doesn’t even really get the fanfare that we see when pitchers and catchers report. And that’s probably because many of those position players are already there.
We all know some of the challenges facing this Orioles team right now and this year. And many of them will be highlighted throughout camp. However for now, the Birds are in Sarasota and working towards the season. As I said above, position players will report next week – at least those who aren’t already there. The Grapefruit League schedule opens one week from this Friday, with a home game in Sarasota against the Tampa Rays.
Fans cal follow along right here on The Orange Crush for updates about camp progress on a daily basis. However once games start we’ll really kick it into high gear. Follow along for game updates and scores via twitter, @DomenicVadala. Happy Spring Training!