Posted on: February 19, 2008 5:44 pm

Will spring ever get here?

Odd thoughts while wondering whatever happend to Eddie Cheever.

It's February 19 and the cold still holds on. My only hope in the cold is that it will use itself up and give way to spring in early March.

Now is the time of the year that I begin focusing my physical training on my umpiring skills. I started my preseason routine two weeks ago. I was so sore that I hobbled around for several days. At 52, I understand that I am just passing my physical/mental peak for umpiring at the level I work at (high school, young adult semi pro and youth levels). I try to stay in good shape, but it is difficult. When you own a restaurant, and you are tempted by all the foods you shouldn't eat, these long, cold wintry days can lead to packing on pounds.

As a huge baseball fan, I continue to be saddened by all the controversy surrounded by the steroid scandal. IMHO, Major League baseball and Bud Selig got what they wanted. They needed the long ball race with Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa to bring the game back after the strike. Thus, they looked the other way while all this was going on. As far as I am concerned, just put all the guys from that era who belong in the Hall of Fame in. That means Clemens, Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, et. al.

It is my fervent hope that my Yankees can return to some level of excellence this year....I am glad that they are finally committing to their farm system and not going after the high priced free agents. Boston has proven that you can sustain excellence that way. You know, it just isn't fair. Here I am, a Colts and Yankees fan. Who are my biggest rivals in both sports? Freaking Bahsten.

Til next time.........Take care

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