From the Millennium, Part 1
Greetings from the site of the 2006 Winter Warm-Up, the 10th one over all and the fourth one I’ve been around. I spent much of the afternoon at MLB.com’s booth in the exhibition hall, helping to make sure that everything got set up properly.
Last night, I found myself thinking, "Man, the weather is really mild for any time in January, but especially for the day before Winter Warm-Up." This weekend ALWAYS seems to be crazy cold, and it was downright pleasant when I walked the dog last night. So, of course, there’s driving snow today. Clearly I jinxed myself even by having the thought. But anyway…
It really is pretty remarkable how much everyone wants to talk baseball in January. We have a CD of a game showing on our video screen, and one person after another stops by, watches for a while, talks about the team. I see friends I haven’t seen since October, and after "Hello" and "How were your holidays," the next topic of conversation is, "What do you think of the ballclub?"
I’m a little less honed in on baseball this year than a lot of winters, because, you know, I’m getting married in eight days. But it’s still fun to be around ball talk again, even if it’s an adjustment.
If you’re coming to the Winter Warm-Up, please do drop by the MLB.com booth. I won’t be around much — I’ll be back in the media room doing interviews most of the time, but we’ve still got friendly people and cool stuff. So come on by. I’ll be checking in throughout the weekend with updates from here in downtown STL.