So in an effort to do things in the new year that are better for me, I’ve tried to limit my daily online time. Because of this, I was late in getting the news that Kyle Snyder has a cool new job.
The Rays announced their Minor League on-field coaching and medical training staffs for the 2012 season on Thursday.
Two new coaches are in the mix, both of whom played in the Majors Leagues: former Rays catcher Paul Hoover, who will manage the Gulf Coast League Rays (Rookie), and Kyle Snyder, who will serve as the pitching coach for Hudson Valley (Short-Season A).
While I am always sad when a player decides it’s time to stop playing, coaching in the minors seems like the perfect beginning to a new career for Kyle and I’m excited for him. The Hudson Valley Renegades will be playing a series against the Lowell Spinners (in Lowell) August 18th through the 20th. It’s been a couple of years since I hit Lowell for a game…this might be the year I get back there!
The fact that my email accounts pretty much blew up with people excited to tell me about Kyle’s job amused me greatly. Though I might sometimes get disillusioned by MLB, there are always little things that will remind me why I love it so much.
Slowly things are happening that are getting me excited for the new season. On Saturday, January 14, the New Stars for Young Stars charity event at Jillian’s in Boston will be happening with, among others, Bobby Valentine and Jarrod Saltalamacchia appearing. As I’ve mentioned before, the “special guest” at that event is Pedro Martinez. If Pedro Martinez can’t get you excited for baseball you’re either without a soul or a Yankees fan.
And while it seems ridiculous that this event yearly gets me as happy as it does, Saturday, February 11th is Truck Day. While this off-season has left me sad and full of doubt, Truck Day is, for me, like New Year’s Day. It’s the beginning of the season and it erases the previous season, reminding us that spring is coming and with a new baseball season anything can happen. This year, especially, I’ve been holding on to the idea of Truck Day being the day when I finally snap out of this funk and embrace this team I love again. It’s been a strange off-season for me. I wouldn’t say the worst I’ve experienced but definitely the strangest. I can’t remember a time when I had such conflicting feelings about the Red Sox and, really, baseball in general.
Am I the only one stuck in this ambivalent quagmire about the 2012 team?