One of the magical phrases for baseball fans is "pitchers and catchers report." This is the day when the Stephen Strasburgs and Wilson Ramos' of the world report for the first team workout of the year.Typically pitchers and catchers report first due the long term nature of a pitchers' work plan. When that date is within reach, fans move the baseball caps and replica jerseys from the back of the closet to the front. Some of us start looking for season tickets to arrive in the mail or eagerly await single game tickets to go on sale. You assessing at what your team has done over the past few months of the off season and begin getting excited about the upcoming year.
Well, that day is now withing sight. The Nationals will have pitchers and catchers report on February 19 at noon. Actually, most other teams will start on that day, too. Then, baseball every week until November. The first regular season Nationals game will be in Chicago, versus the Cubs on April 5. A week later, the Nationals play the Reds at our home opener on April 12. Looking toward another solid year, hopefully improving as much or more than we did last year. Get excited. Have a great weekend.