One month to go until pitchers and catchers
Time to get ready for start of Spring Training, upcoming season
Happy One Month Away Day.
Now you can feel it. Feb. 14 is the first day that pitchers, catchers and injured players may begin reporting to Spring Training. Mini-camps are happening at various warm places, players are ramping up their workout routines, fantasy-team owners are getting antsy, the spring schedules are out and fans are making plans.
Before you know it, the Super Bowl will be over, trucks will be pulling into loading docks at Major League Baseball stadiums and hauling equipment to Florida and Arizona. Tim Lincecum will be throwing baseballs to Buster Posey again. Batting cages will be busy again. The snow will relent and all will be right with the world again as steel cleats dig into fresh dirt.
Here are 10 ways to celebrate One Month Away Day:
Follow the official @MLB account on Twitter, if you are not already, and join in as MLB.com Shop items are given away all day.
Go to MLB.com/springtraining, look over your team's exhibition schedule and order tickets. Opening Day games start March 31, and this is a great time to plan ahead for your group outings. More than 73 million fans attended Major League games in 2010, and you know that number will be higher in 2011. Now is the time to get the seat you really want.
Go check out time-lapse video of the Astros' scoreboard being dismantled at Minute Maid Park. When you see what's coming next, you definitely will feel the One Month Away Day spirit.
See where the Blue Jays' Winter Tour has been going, with videos from each day. Players and club staff have been visiting schools, radio stations, hosting skills clinics and spreading the baseball love around the Toronto region. See where the Cubs Caravan is stopping, and make sure you find the World Series trophy if you are a Giants fan. The reigning champs will be bringing it to New York, where old-time Giants fans can see it.
Get caught up on the MLB.com Hot Stove Player Tracker. You might want a refresher on who's going to be reporting where after this extra-busy offseason of transactions.
See the relaunched AllStarGame.com site, register for tickets to All-Star Week in Phoenix, and be the first person at your company or on your block to show off the new gear for the 82nd Midsummer Classic.
Plan ahead for Cliff Lee: Part II. Will the Phillies have the best rotation ever? Will another team end their streak of four consecutive National League East titles? Will Jayson Werth bash Phillies pitching for Washington? Fire away with your comments, debate if you must.
While you are at the MLB.com Shop, dive into the Cold Weather Sale. Select items there are 20 percent off through 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday. Just looking at the thermal merchandise definitely will put you in a mood for Cactus and Grapefruit League reporting dates.
Watch Elvis Andrus skyrocket for that catch to rob Alex Rodriguez of a hit and help the Rangers to their first World Series. Plays like that are why the public and a panel of experts named him the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. Just imagine what kind of highlights are ahead.