By Mike Steffanos
I know many fans could care less about the Grapefruit League games that begin for the Mets today, but I'm not one of them. I always feel a sense of excitement at the start of exhibition games that, in all honesty, is way out of proportion to what's really going on. To me, the first spring training game is like spotting robins on the lawn -- it's one of the early signs that winter is retreating. Even the weather here is cooperating, as for the second day in a row the temperature outside my house has climbed into the 40s.
I know that the joy of exhibition baseball will fade fairly quickly, but I'm looking forward to seeing some of those talented pitchers we've been writing abut these past couple of months. Indeed, as training camps go, this one has more than its share of actual interest, as we see who wins some of these jobs out of camp. For all the uncertainty around the team heading into 2007, I can remember back to not that long ago when the level of talent the Mets brought into camp was pretty sorry. The last time the team had this much young talent was when they were on the cusp of that great run in the 1980s. Talent doesn't always equate with performance, but it's fun to watch.
Scoff if you will, but they're playing baseball in Port St. Lucie today, and that makes me smile.