My Spring Training 2009, Day 1 (A dream)

February 16, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Greetings from Ft. Lauderdale!

Pitchers and catchers have reported and the media throng has started to trickle in down here.

Schmucker looks great…must have “tanned up” a little bit before making the trip to FLA.  I saw his rental car in the parking lot.  Know how I know it’s his?  Hawaiian shirts on hangers in the car.  Gee, times must be tough at The Sun.  Peter’s driving a Honda CRV.  I’m not gonna say a word to him about his cheap wheels.  I’m sure, at some point while I’m down here, I’ll need to bum a ride or two from him.

Kubatko has big arms but they’re awfully white.  He needs some sun.  Some of that $2.65 per-month I’m giving to MASN must be going to Roch’s expense account.  He’s driving a rental Escalade.  Probably in his contract.

Jeff Zrebiec is in the house too.  I never really noticed this before, but he looks like a cross between Andre Agassi and Live’s lead singer Ed Kowalczyk.  I couldn’t find a photo of Kowalczyk that didn’t screw up the blog, but trust me on that one. 

 

http://odeo.com/channels/2106546-Jeff-Zrebiec-discusses-the-Orioles       http://www.celebrityprayernetwork.com/sports/andre-agassi/   

Anyway, Zrebiec’s in the house and if Live’s playing somewhere in South Florida in the next month, he could go on stage and sing “Pain Lies on the Riverside” and everyone would have a tough time figuring out which one is the rock-n-roll star and which one is the newspaper writer.

I think we’re going to Jackson’s Steakhouse tonight.  My per-diem is somewhat limited, so I might just stick with a couple of glasses of Cabernet and a house salad.  If the guys want to split a nice bottle of Red, I might go with the #72, the Chappellet 2005.  It’s $85.00, but well worth it.

I saw Andy MacPhail in the parking lot.  I said, “Hey Andy, how’s your morning?”.  He looked around for a soft drink table and replied, “Drew, I can’t really discuss that with you.”

I went over to the Japanese reporters covering the team and said, “How do you say, ‘It’s going to be alright’ in your language?”  The translator remarked, “Daijobu desu”.  I said, “You’ll be saying that to Uehara a lot this year.”

That’s about it for Day 1 of my spring training coverage.

It’s great to be here interacting with the rest of the media who were credentialed and given the privilege of covering the team in Ft. Lauderdale.

I wonder if Zrebiec is Croatian?  I know a little bit of that language too from my days in the soccer business.

Gotta run, I see Andy MacPhail over by the soft drink table.

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