It's great to see the players and the grass and hear the crack of the bat, but after about two or three innings, I normally have seen enough.
My response after that first Spring Training game is “okay, when's Opening Day?”
Oddly, the exhibition games played over the weekend elicited the same question I normally have in late February, but I have to confess I was dialed in to nearly every inning all three nights.
It may be a reaction to the last few months, but I just missed the presence of baseball so badly in my everyday life.
Sure, it was super weird.
From the cardboard cutouts at Citi Field, the fake crowd noise at Yankee Stadium, and the idea of playing the bottom of the ninth inning when the home team has a lead is straight out of Bizarro World.
Nothing is normal about 2020 in Major League Baseball, but then again what is normal about 2020 at all?
Here's what I know.
On Thursday, I'll sit down and watch Gerrit Cole make his Yankees debut against the reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals.
Friday, I'll watch Jacob deGrom start his quest to try and win his third straight Cy Young award against the Atlanta Braves, the team to beat in the NL East.
And that is just awesome to say, write and scream to anyone who is willing to listen.
We have real-life, regular-season baseball to watch this weekend!
And we will still have a lot of fun storylines to watch and discuss. What can Pete Alonso do for an encore in a shortened season? Can Aaron Judge stay on the field and be one of baseball's most dominant forces? What does Yoenis Cespedes have left?
These storylines should make you smile, they might make you angry and maybe they'll even make you cry.
The idea of having a daily distraction as fun and therapeutic as baseball has been greatly missed.
Wacky or not, here comes a shortened and bizarre 2020 season.
Let the games begin!