Yankees: You got to calm down about Spring Training

Baseball is officially back, as Spring Training games kick-off this weekend.

Just like every other fan, I am relieved. The months between the end of the World Series and today start to feel permanent, like baseball is gone forever.

Luckily, baseball always returns but some fans giddiness for the upcoming season tend to take Spring Training a little to seriously. Hence the many emails readers have sent me this past week stressing out, and looking for answers now.

Any baseball fan’s anticipation of the pending MLB season can get the best of their emotions, myself included.

So when I start to take Spring Training to literally, here are some basics I remind myself of:

1) Games do not count.

2) Spring Training records do not forecast how a team will fair in the regular season.

3) Spring Training is intended for players to warm up, and managers to strategize prior to Opening Day.

4) Individual player stats, like games, are meaningless.

5) It is a fantastic time for fans to see each team’s top prospects.

6) The games are played in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

7) Players are much more accessible which is great if you collect autographs.

Bottom line is that any baseball fan that can catch a Spring Training game should definitely go; and if it happens to be your team, even better.

2013 MLB Spring Training logo.

2013 MLB Spring Training logo.

My advice to all baseball fans is to keep expectations in check during Spring Training, as it is really a waste of energy. This rule lightly applies to position battles too, as things can change at the drop of a hat once games start to count.

Specifically my advice for New York Yankees fans is to keep in mind that this spring will not have the normal off-the-field distractions. aka Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod took the focus off spring baseball, which was actually a blessing in disguise as it gave the New York fans that love to complain something to do. So please, spare the rest of us and don’t take out your pent-up A-Rod anger on the team’s ST performances. Just go and watch a Knicks game or something.

Overall, Spring Training is a wonderful time for fans to enjoy watching young prospects, while praying your team’s injuries stay minimal. And that’s about it….. until the regular season commences.

 

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  1. Darn, I thought we were 1-0.

    Since you haven't opined about Hafner, I can't remember the last time I was amped up over ST. However, that doesn't mean I'll be heading to Tampa anytime soon.

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