...this started as a series of tweets, then I realized I'd rather open this can here than there. So here:
In 2015, I hope to see more...
-and aggressive hitters.
-advanced defense from Jorge Alfaro.
-baseball skills from Jairo Beras.
-of Jake Thompson's promising curveball.
-changeups from Jerad Eickhoff.
-pure stuff from anyone on the Hickory or High Desert rosters.
-new uniforms and other goodies in Frisco.
-minor league pitchers who can use a decent move to chase a runner back to first base.
-people at minor league games.
-of my main man, Adam Morris, standing next to me, during a Frisco batting practice assault session.
-folks just admitting and understanding High Desert is what it is and we're there for 2 years.
-deep breaths and an easier swing load from Travis Demeritte.
-games in person at Round Rock's excellent park.
-guys folks didn't think could, take another big step forward. (Ahem, Ruuuaaaahhh)
-awkward swings from opposing hitters.
-of Josh Morgan, whom I keep hearing can really hit.
-walks from the kid from Galveston.
-consistency at the plate from Hanser Alberto.
-contact up in the zone from Joey Gallo.
-pitchers who accidentally leave the ball down in the zone against Joey Gallo.
-credit given to scouts who find big leaguers in the late rounds.
-aggressiveness from Luke Jackson.
-of what I saw at the end of the season from Keone Kela.
-patience with Chi Chi, because he'll reward us all for it.
-overall development from Chris Garia, because of his 1 unteachable, 80-grade tool.
-Michael Gruber appearances in Frisco.
-people learning Jose Leclerc's name.
-of Will Lamb and Jimmy Reyes in a big league uniform.
-Texas Rangers who are paid to be really good at baseball, be really good at baseball.
-people with their kids and friends sitting behind home plate at a minor league game quasi-freaking out when a professional pitcher throws a really nasty breaking pitch and they see the ball whip down and sideways with their own eyes.
-people with their kids and friends sitting behind home plate at a minor league game...for $20 a ticket.
-Hickory Crawdads t-shirts and hats prowling the concourse at Globe Life Park.
In 2015, I hope to see less...
Happy New Year, Everybody! Baseball's Almost Back!