First, things to look forward to according to John Conrad (via email correspondence):
- The Vipers won’t charge as much for beer as do the Flames
- Budweiser is back
- Labatts is back
- Spolumbos are back! I repeat, Spolumbos are back!
- The players will be getting new Championship rings. Apparently there was an error in the first order
- Unlike most MLB parks, The Vipers have a no outside food policy. This isn’t new, but I never knew it was official policy until now.
- The Vipers have a budget, and as far as player moves go, they’re following a plan (I guess we’ll see how this plays out as the season progresses)
Now, my quick takes on the Vipers 2010 season:
- First and foremost, the 2009 Championship was worth a rebuilding year, if that’s what 2010 will be. 2009 was a terrific season featuring special players, and those of us fans who took advantage and went to the games are really lucky. I wish guys like Rick Guarno, Evan Greusel, and Colin Moro the best of luck going forward (they’ll and the rest of the departed 2009ers will be missed!)
- I know there’s a lot of discontent in Viperland, but I for one (A) still want to go to live professional baseball games in Calgary, and (B) will still support the players on the team – who ever they may be. I think there’s a difference between supporting the players and supporting ownership. If you want to support the players, come to the game and cheer like hell. If you want to support ownership, then also buy t-shirts, programs, concessions, and all the other extra stuff. I’ll let you decide where you fall – but DO tip THWBCIC generously!
- My God, look out the window. Who’s ready for baseball season? In a perfect world it’d be sunny and twenty and the first pitch would be in 30 minutes.
I started this blog to support the Vipers organization and players in my own little way, and I have no reason to stop.