There were baseball games played today. REAL live baseball games. The voices of Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson never sounded so sweet. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t particularly enjoy Farmio and DJ. I haven’t enjoyed Farmio since his days as the color guy for the Sox, while partnered with John Rooney. And DJ is, well, DJ.

But hearing their voices today meant two things. One, baseball is back. Sure it’s only Spring Training, and “the games don’t mean anything”, at least the wins and losses. But baseball is back, and here to stay for 8 glorious months. And the best part? There were SO MANY new names on the lineup card for the Sox.

Names like Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson, exciting young players brought in by Sox GM Rick Hahn during the offseason that have infused the team with energy and expectations. Expectations the White Sox organization hasn’t had in quite a while.

Not that anyone is expecting this team to win the pennant, but it’s nice to see new faces. And eventually, come March 31st, hear new names exquisitely announced by Sox PA announcer Gene Honda at U.S. Cellular Field. And while every Sox fan will be excited to hear Paul Konerko introduced over the PA, especially considering it’s Paulie’s last season, it’ll be nice to hear new names.

New names, that hopefully, will be cornerstones in the White Sox organization for years to come. No one knows for sure what the Sox young talent will amount to, but the fact that the team is suddenly flooded with 20-something prospects is exciting. 

I don’t know if it was just me, but Farmio and DJ’s voices seemed to give off an extra air of excitement today. And I’m not sure if it was the forgotten memories of last season’s ineptitude, or if they share my excitement for this season’s possibilities, or both.

The bottom line is, baseball is back, starting today. And the second thing hearing Farmio and DJ’s today meant? Spring is on it’s way. Eventually.

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