Hey Ma…I’m goin’ to spring training!!

February 04, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Maybe THIS is what they mean by the phrase, “the spring thaw”.

Guess who’s going to spring training in Ft. Lauderdale in a few weeks?

ME! That’s who.

It’s been a while since I’ve ventured south for Grapefruit League action.  In fact, it was way back in 2003 when I spent a week down there “covering the team” as part of the Morning Show.  

In January of 2007 and 2008, I made a request with the team to once again do my show in Ft. Lauderdale as part of my commitment to providing WNST’s baseball fans with in-depth coverage of our baseball team. Without going into great detail…let’s just say “it didn’t work out”…in ’07 and ’08.

2009, apparently, is going to be different.  I’m excited to be hunkering down at the Sheraton-on-Cypress-Creek with the rest of the orange and black gang.  I hope they have a good wine list in the hotel bar.  

I’ll be in Ft. Lauderdale doing my show from 6am-10am during a fairly active week for the O’s.  The week I’m there (Feb. 23-27), they play two home games (Wed/Thur) and an away game with the Marlins on Friday.  To me, there’s no sense in going to spring training unless you actually get to see them play baseball, so that worked out to be a perfect week for me to be down there.

It’s going to be fun to put faces (in person) with names as there are scores of new players who hope to make the team in ’09.  It’s a shame one of those faces isn’t Derek Lowe…but, hey, I’m over that now.  After all, we have Rich Hill.

I’m so dedicated to doing a week of great radio that I’m not even taking my clubs only going to play golf once or twice while I’m down there.  Maybe Peter Schmuck will take his clubs and I can give him 3-a-side and beat him out of a steak dinner.  Does Roch Kubatko like the dog track?  I always bet on the #1 and #8. Roch probably has a better per-diem than I’ll get…I’ll see if he’ll spring for admission and the beer.  Brent Harris from Comcast SportsNet will be down there too…he doesn’t play golf if it’s windy because it messes up his hair.  If nothing else, maybe Brent and I can just get a chinese lunch somewhere in Ft. Lauderdale. He owes me one of those after I “guaranteed” the Ravens would beat the Titans and he said, “no way”.  

But all of that fun and frolic will have to take a back seat to covering the team and giving everyone in Baltimore a detailed glimpse into the 2009 Orioles every morning from 6am-10am.

See you in Ft. Lauderdale.  Bring your sunscreen.  And your sunglasses.