Saturday the 25th saw the whole team in camp and my husband and I with a morning of nothing to do. Since the poor boy had yet to see an early workout and it was my birthday weekend, we headed out that morning for another round of fun!
In what may have been a calculated effort to show certain members of the media that he was not, in fact, a poor sport and a whiner who probably didn’t want to start badly enough because he showed up in camp merely on time (This was A Thing, sadly enough), Inge came out of the clubhouse quite a bit before the other players started appearing. He immediately took to the front practice field with Belliard and started getting pointers on playing second base. I had a good view since I was standing right along the fence.
Everyone else arrived in waves after and started rotating through drills. Lest we all forget, here is a reminder that Doug Fister is a beanpole:
In case you haven’t heard, Kenny Rogers is in camp helping the pitchers to field the ball and hold runners! This is excellent news, because he was really the only pitcher in ’06 who did not suck out loud at this. Much to my dismay, I did not bring my Rogers shirt.
My biggest observation during warm-ups, other than “Hey, this reminds me a lot of track and field training”, was that the groups with rookies and prospects worked really, really hard and don’t talk much. The veterans are very much the opposite. I don’t mean to say that they’re not working putting effort into it, but there’s definitely a feeling that they don’t have nearly as much to prove. Also, they’re busy catching up with their friends, which is adorable. In a manly, athletic way.
When everyone split up, the infielders broke up pretty evenly between roster and non-roster guys. I love watching new talent, but I was far more interested in watching the re-shuffled infield and had a great spot at the fence. Kelly and Cabrera took third, Raburn/Santiago/Inge went to second, Danny Worth and Peralta took SS, and Prince started at first all by himself. He was joined later by Kelly and Santiago shifted over to short for a bit.
At this point, the pitchers joined in the fun for a little while: