Spring Training brings a lot of completely fantastic things, but also brings one thing that is, well, only kinda-sorta fantastic. I’m talking spring-debuts. Those strange, wonderful first appearances of a player who you usually haven’t seen in what feels like millions of years, due to injury. At some point during Spring Training, they come out for their long-awaited first appearance and leave me a serious ball of nerves. Observe:
That’s me during spring-debuts. Because I am really excited and I do really want the player in question to rock all our socks off (Exhibit A: Excited) but I’m also just scared out of my head (Exhibit B: Scared Out of My Head). What if everything goes terribly? It makes me feel like a party planner again or something. Fun Fact About Diamond Girl: I ran a party planning business for three ill-fated weeks several summers ago. Still around?
Anyhow. The point here is, I don’t like being reminded of those party planning days. Or being a ball of nerves, period. So Buster Posey/Brian Wilson/et al.? Keep that one in mind when you bash yourselves up this year, m’kay? Now allow me smother you in comfort food and welcome you back to the show.