It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

My wife would be mad to see that title. She LOVES Christmas. She and her family make it a big deal. I like Christmas as well, but I also love baseball season. This week has been nice. The reporters and photographers have reported to Spring Training, and the stories have began to flow. Jennifer Langosch has been giving us some “Bird Seed”. Here’s Day 1 and Day 2. Derrick Goold and has given us his look at Molina and Craig (the Molina one has video of him). Rick Hummel has talked to Peralta as he arrived early and talked about the impression that he wants to make.

One of the biggest stories of the week, though, is that Jake Westbrook is retiring. After the Cardinals didn’t give him a contract for this season, I thought that might end up happening. Age and injuries caught up to him unfortunately. He was a very serviceable pitcher for the Cardinals. He was the winner in the 11th inning of game 6 of the 2011 World Series. I hope retirement treats him well. I don’t see him coming to camp to help coach up the young pitchers or take a front office position like Carpenter, but with how few veterans there are on the pitching staff, he might.

It’s also amazing to see the videos that have been coming from Florida so far. We got a peek into a BP session from Holliday. I’m not gonna lie to you, I watched that on loop a few time so I could hear the crack of the bat. It’s a beautiful sound. A video of Miller, and new Cardinal Neshek, throwing a bullpen. That was also nice to see.

It’s also that time of year that the beginning of the year projects and season project schedules start rolling in. The February UCB roundtable schedule is up. I’ll be posting my question and the other bloggers’ answers on here on friday, but be sure to check out everyone else’s questions as well. The UCB puts out a preview e-mail for every Cardinals series, called Bird’s Eye View. There is a rotation of bloggers who write it, and this year I’ll be writing some of the previews. You can follow this link to sign up for the e-mails (as of right now, it says 2013, but it will work for 2014 as well).

That’s all I have for now. Keep on the lookout for more Spring notes and news, as they are starting to come rushing in.

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