Spring Training

Spring training is just around the corner, the time when baseball’s major league teams head to Florida and Arizona to prepare themselves for the long season ahead. On Boston.com, the web site for the Boston Globe, I’m already reading reports from Fort Myers about the Red Sox. With icy rain falling outside my front door, this ray of sunshine is welcome. It will be even better when Grapefruit League games begin and we have box scores to look at each morning.

This year, especially, spring training is a time for rejoicing. I’m not a huge Patriots fan (the Cowboys are my team — have been for over 40 years), but like most of New England, I was rooting for them to go 19-0 if just to shut up Mercury Morris and Don Shula. I took their loss to the Giants harder than I thought I would. So it’s good to get back to get back to baseball.

It’s never easy to repeat as world series champions, especially in this time of free agency. So I don’t expect the Sox to win it all this year, but I think they’ll be in the thick of the race, have a good shot at making the playoffs — and then they have a reasonable chance of winning it all.

And speaking of winning it all in the fall, I think I’m glad that Obama has overtaken Hillary in the Democratic contest for the party’s nomination. I think he’ll have a better chance of beating the seeming-centrist John McCain in the November elections. I also think that under an Obama presidency, the country has a better chance of real change… a chance yes, but not a great one. Because, when all is said and done, most of the Democrats in Congress — especially in the Senate — are really no better than the Republicans. This was made perfectly clear yesterday, when the Senate granted retro-active immunity to the telecomm industry for breaking the law and abetting the government’s illegal spying on Americans, AND then voted to make that illegal spying legal.

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of wrangling, the Senate handed the White House a major victory on Tuesday by voting to broaden the government’s spy powers and to give legal protection to phone companies that cooperated in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants.

Read the sorry story here. The fact that neither Hillary or Obama showed up for the final vote is also depressing.

When does baseball’s regular season start?

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