I haven’t watched David Letterman for years, but back in college, it used to be “appointment viewing.” With his last show set to air May 20, as an homage, some topics will now appear as a “Top Ten” list rather than a full blog post. Lazy? Yeah, probably. Funny? Maybe if we’re lucky. Quantity? Yup, should be able to churn out a bunch of these. Enjoy.
Top 10 Reasons I’m Looking Forward to the 2015 IronPigs
10. Just Look Outside: I know we don’t always get the best baseball weather in April in Allentown, but it’s gotta be better than what’s out there right now–and closer to the real nice stuff than we are now.
9. Joe Fitzhenry and Darius Montez Thigpen: These two fine young gentleman will be joining the media department in the roles previously held by Alec Scercy and Mark Perlman-Price, respectively. They seem like they’ll be a lot of fun this season. We just need to think up nicknames for them: Fitz and DMT?
8. Right-Handed Bats: No, not the bats themselves. I’m pretty sure they’re all usable from either side–although, if I was hitting right with a left-handed bat, that would explain a lot. But, with the fence moved in–and down–in left field, we might start to see some increase in offense over at Coca Cola Park. For better or worse, because…
7. Pitching: I think we’re gonna see a lot of good pitchers move through the clubhouse this season. Old friends Adam Morgan, Jon Pettibone and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could be involved. Young guys Aaron Nola, Jesse Biddle, Zach Eflin, Tom Windle, and Ben Lively could arrive from Reading if they do well. Joely Rodriguez is an interesting lefty who comes over from the Pirates organization. Severino Gonzalez and Perci Garner and Adam Loewen who were in Reading last season could start with us this season. Veterans PJ Walters and Kevin Slowey will arrive, and SOS: Sean O’Sullivan is still around. The bullpen will be good as well. It should be interesting, and it should be better than what our opponents can put out there.
6. The Corners: With Russ Canzler set to return, and probably man first base most of the time, and with Maikel Franco most likely starting back with us initially and manning third, the corner infield should be a strength! And I bet both are looking forward to that short porch in Left.
5. Rookies in the Outfield: I know it won’t happen right away, but I look forward to seeing all three OF prospects in the field at the same time: Perkins, Altherr, Dugan–left to right.
4. The Traditions: I’m looking forward to continuing some of our traditions. No, not the Dancing Dirt Dudes taking off their pants. I mean OUR traditions: post-game tailgates on Sundays, pre-game tailgates on Fridays, massive party on the day my friends come up from Philly, the hope that a day-night doubleheader will lead to an epic all-day event, hosting other bloggers, and others. “We have fun,” is a common refrain. We do. And, we will.
3. Keeping My Eye on Reading: That Reading team is going to be fun to watch this year. With very few over-laps (only seven games, I think) we may get to a bunch of their games. They’ll have a lot of the Phillies’ future talent there to begin the season, I think. Keeping an eye out should allow us to anticipate when they’ll be coming through The Coke.
2. The Buzz: No, not from the Bud Lights. Just that feeling of “Game Day” when you wake up in the morning with a spring in your step, knowing that you’re going to a game that night. The buzz lasts all day, right through the end of the game, usually. It’s similar for hockey nights, but not as consistent.
1. Cheers: How does the theme song go? (Written by Gary Portnoy and Julie Hart Angelo)
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
It’s not just going to a game, it’s like going home. Looking forward to seeing everybody…