Today isn’t a national holiday?

No long explanation needed. Today, in Clearwater, Florida, pitchers and catchers for the Phillies report to Spring Training. It’s going to be a balmy 64 degrees today. Short of winning the lottery, I’m not sure how this day could be better.

That’s not to say that all will still be good as September turns to October. Last season replicated 2001 for me, as I now have two sets of souvenirs of what might have been. 2001:

And 2005:

This year I’d like the opportunity to purchase playoffs tickets AND to use them. And the same for World Series tickets would be appreciated. Spring Training is proof that dreams never die.