So beyond my sappy first half of my first post in forever, I would like to share my tips to tying up your loose ends before heading to Spring Training (a perfect supplement to The Cup Check’s Starting 9: Driving to Spring Training):
*Make sure that you have fully disclosed what your plans are to your significant others, family members, bosses, friends and anyone else that could call you and let you have a piece of their mind. It is never fun driving for what seems like a never ending period of time and getting a new one ripped because you didn’t tell your girl you were leaving a month+ before you need to be at camp. My suggestion, take a few nights to make sure you cover all your bases.
*Don’t make the same mistake I have made the past two seasons. Make sure you have a place to sleep when you arrive! I hate hotels, I spend too many nights in them already, and I don’t need any more nights in hotels that could give me diseases. Call before, double check that your apartment is good to go and watch out for the craigslist creep!
*Don’t forget the little stuff. Going to Wal-Mart and the dollar store is about as cool as listening to the meetings for first year players but a necessity nonetheless. Tooth brushes, TP, paper towels, and all of the things you think you can’t make it by without…bring!
*Know where you can stop if you need to. If your making the trip for the first time, ask around for places to crash on the way to wherever you may be going. If you have a destination in mind I have found its easier to push through the last chunk of highway than if your looking for something you don’t know exists.
*Make sure the IPod, MP3, and anything else you use for your listening pleasure is locked, loaded, and ready to fire on all cylinders! Comedy stations on streaming radio are a good route, as well as books on tape, not to mention you can kill two birds with one stone! Beef jerky, water, your favorite mug of Java, and trail mix are your friends for this party, prepare accordingly. Fast food and most other highway stops are not going to give your rig that new car smell. It’ll smell like a french fry, never mind what smells you may produce! Keep it sanitary! There are the first five tips for your spring training trek! More to come!