Well, we’re back from Spring Training and what a wonderful trip it was seeing friends in Florida. The one thing that was not so nice was not having two good friends down there this year. They could not make it down and it wasn’t quite the same without Angelo Corbo and Larry Berra, we missed their company.
Now on to the people we ran into while being here. Seeing our good friend’s Vald Nunez and his wife Gissia, she knows more about baseball than Peter Gammons. Nunez was having a great spring training with the Braves and hope to see him in Atlanta. We also saw many good friends that I’ll be giving updates about during the season. Also, spent a few days with Jim Sanson and Tito which we shared many laughs with. It also brought me much joy seeing and being with players and coaches like Jose Camarena, Phil Britton, Diory Hernandez, Francisley Bueno, Barbaro Canizares, Luis Ortiz, Guy Hansen, Carlos Mendez, Leon Roberts, Dave Brundage, Luis Marte, Sixto Lezcano, Jeff Ridgway and outfielder Wilkin Ramirez. And of course Andy Barkett and Joe DiPastino and his wife Amy with Detroit Tigers. And can’t forget those behind the scenes guys like Nick Dixon, Justin Clift, and Manny Maldonado in Orlando and Woody Saylor, Julie Kremer in Tampa who took good care of us.
Already looking forward to next spring when I hope to have with me my son Peter John, my brother Joe, Nick Jones and good friend Gerry Huppmann. While we were down here got a nice surprise when we received a jersey from the Italian WBC baseball team signed by the players that was really cool thanks so much to Manager, Marco Mazzeri. Now lets get ready for the season … Play Ball !!!