We greet the dawn snow-and-ice-bound this morning, she in sub-zero Illinois, me surrounded by a record (for this date in Nashville) snowfall. But in our minds we're already there, a stone's throw from the best Grapefruit League venue ever (Al Lang Stadium) and short drives from next week's games in Clearwater (Tigers-Phil), Tampa (Red Sox-Yanks), Bradenton (Sox-Bucs), and Dunedin (O's-Jays). So, my topic for next month's 20th annual Baseball in Literature and Culture conference at my school is inevitable: Spring Training and the Perennial Renewal of Life.
Speaking of Blue Jays, I hope we see one in particular before our Friday return flight. He's the most interesting pitching prospect since Sidd Finch. If it were April 1 I'd be sure the late George Plimpton wrote this:
We need to have some adventure too, Older Daughter and I. We need to get out of this deep freeze and into the sunshine. Vamanos!