March 13, 2013
Interesting that my twin daughters are home this week for spring break.
Many college students flock to warm weather and beaches for their break from school.
My daughters come home.
I think they get that naturally. I did not travel anywhere but home for my first three spring breaks at Ohio University. Finally, my senior year with $80 in my pocket, I decided to head south with a couple of friends and drive to Florida. But while most students during that era were heading to Daytona Beach or Fort Lauderdale, our group traveled to spring training sites.
We visited the Reds, the Phillies and the Pirates in our week there.
Man, that was a lot of fun.
Yes, we still stopped in Atlanta, Orlando, and Miami. We played nerf football at Georgia Tech, visited both Sea World and Disney World, in Orlando, and went to a dog track in Hollywood, Florida, but the best part of the trip was baseball.
It was the same for me 33 years later when I ventured to Goodyear, Ariz. at the end of February, and broadcast my Sportstalk with Koza shows live from the Indians spring training complex, and at the Goodyear ballpark, home of the Indians and the Reds.
It is all about baseball for me.
While, I love football and basketball, baseball has always been my number one love.
I am one of the few who will be in my car and try to find a major league baseball game on AM radio no matter the team or where they are playing. To my wife, the broadcast signal sounds like static, but to me, it is coming in crystal clear.
Baseball is a game I do love to watch in person, but really enjoy listening to it on the radio, too.
We are so fortunate in this area to have great radio announcers like the Redsí Marty Brennaman and the Indiansí Tom Hamilton.
My daughters canít wait for the baseball season to get here soon enough.
They are big Indians fans, too.
Maybe they can go to spring training during spring break of their senior years.
This week, they had to settle for a trip to Columbus and a Blue Jackets game Tuesday. But we all had a great time.
Baby steps. Brittany and Sarah.
OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:
* Speaking of the Blue Jackets, boy are they on a roll of late. They just had their five-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in a shootout loss to Vancouver, but they extended their points streak to eight straight games. Why the recent surge? Their starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been unbelievable. Despite the loss, Bobrovsky was still the three-star player of the game, with a whopping 37 saves. And in his last nine games, Bobrovsky has a record of 6-1-2; a goals against average of 1.55; and a .946 save percentage. No wonder the Blue Jackets have become relevant in the NHL.
* Love the Browns free agent signings to date. I knew they would spend money after the Indians shocked their fan base and actually signed a couple of big money free agent during their offseason.
And it looks like the new ownership is not going to just rely on the draft, which appeared to be the mindset of the previous regime.
* Speaking of free agents, former Crestview and Bowling Green State University standout Kory Lichtensteiger could have become one. Instead, he stays with the Washington Redskins, signing a five-year deal for we think a lot of money ó financial terms not disclosed. Lichtensteiger is one of the Limalanders who hasnít forgotten where he is from-hosts a football camp in his hometown of Convoy.
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