PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Manny Ramirez of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Good afternoon, and welcome to a brand-new baseball season! This is without a doubt, the best time of year, especially for a projected-to-struggle team; the A's can't muck up the shiny new season yet! And they have the first game; that has to be a good sign, right?
We know very little about this year's team; we know that Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon will be the #1 and #2 starters for the Opening Days later this month in Japan (less than a month; can you believe it!?), we don't have a third baseman, I have no idea who will be playing first base, or the outfield, for that matter, but hey, it's baseball!
Spring Training certainly should mean more to us than other teams; it will be a true "play to earn a spot" competition as we pare this group of 60-ish players down to a 40 man roster, and ultimately a 25-man active roster.
Should we get started?
Taking the mound to start the game for the A's will be #45, RHP Graham Godfrey.
The A's will start with the following lineup:
For the first time this season, LET'S GO OAK-LAND!