Spring Training is well underway in Florida and Arizona, with all big league clubs reporting to the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues since last Thursday.
I turned 56 on Friday...yes, 56 years old.
My Birthday weekend was terrific, spending time with my wife, eating some great food, and, finally, seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens...and it was awesome!
A few baseball things I noticed over the past few days...
⚾ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away this weekend at the age of 79.
Judge Scalia was a baseball fan who grew up a Yankees fan, and who would often sit in the stands at Camden Yards in Baltimore watching his Bronx Bombers play the Orioles.
Judge Scalia liked to brag to fellow Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, that he, not her, was the first Yankees fan on the Supreme Court.
⚾ New Miami Marlins skipper Don Mattingly has jumped right in to his new job by instituting the old school Yankees clean shave policy that he played under...and didn't like... during the days of George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin.
⚾ Marlins new hitting coach Barry Bonds spoke with the baseball media for the first time over the weekend, and, as expected, talk of his credentials as a HOF player came up, with Barry saying that "God knows I'm a Hall of Famer."
Sorry Barry, the last time I checked, the Creator of the Universe didn't turn in a HOF ballot to the BBWAA this past Winter.
⚾ As a Tigers fan, its a great Birthday weekend because I share it with a few Motown greats, including Tigers hurler Justin Verlander , who turned 33 on Saturday, All-Star shortstop Alan Trammell, who turned 58 on Sunday, and the late Sparky Anderson, who celebrates a Birthday today along with The Father of our Country, George Washington.
⚾⚾⚾For all of the February 22 Happy Baseball Birthday's go here...
⚾ The folks over at Awful Announcing have comiled a list of the 25 BEST Sports Center Anchors of All-Time.
⚾ Ken Griffey, Jr., newly elected member of the Baseball HOF, waved the Green Flag to start Sunday's Daytona 500.
⚾ There's an article over at the Sporting News that recognizes the best catcher in the history of all 30 ball clubs.
The list is pretty good, and, well, they got the Tigers backstop right, and that makes it a good read.
⚾ One of my favorite baseball friends made me this great screen saver last week...
⚾ I'd like to finish on a serious note, about the shootings on Friday night and early Saturday morning in my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
My heart goes out to all the victims and their families, as well as all the citizens in Kalamazoo County that were affected by this senseless attack.
May God watch over the survivors of this tragedy, and may He bless those who perished.