I'm still here

Before Opening Day, it's a good idea to say farewell to your loved ones and friends, waving handkerchiefs in the same manner as the lovers in those old newsreels, leaning over the railing of the ship as it pulls away from the pier.

During the season, there's nothing but baseball.  It takes over your life.

I know, I know, that I've been living my life one day at a time.  That's the cliche, isn't it?  Take it one game at a time.  It's not true, though.

In reality, you blink your eyes and the first month of the season is nearly done and you've missed several birthdays and anniversaries, your emails have built up, there are dozens of facebook messages and phone messages and text messages that have gone unreturned, and you're not quite sure where the days have gone - but you are sure that you've been eating far too much pizza, popcorn, soft pretzels, peanuts, and ice cream.


The headline right now is that the Lugnuts are 12-2.

The sub-head is a bunch of words about pitchers Aaron Sanchez, Anthony DeSclafani, David Rollins, Jesse Hernandez, Justin Nicolino and Noah Syndergaard.  (See how I threw Anthony and David in there in the 2nd and 3rd spots?  People need to start talking about them.)

The ignored storyline is defense, porous in 2011 but top-notch this year.  Jon Berti is a sensation at second base.  Kellen Sweeney has outstanding hands at third.

Other observations:

* I'd like to see Pierce Rankin more, but I understand why Carlos Perez is getting the lion's share of starts.
* Tyler Ybarra's going to get better and better.
* Brandon Berl's ready for a call-up to Dunedin.


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