The Boys of Winter

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;
Our bruised arms hung up for monuments…..

–William Shakespeare, Richard III (1594)

It has indeed been a discontented December-and-after for residents of North America, suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous wind, snow, sleet, and ice. In short, we don’t like it:  I now know why many folks, especially older ones, choose to live their golden years full-time in spring training sites like Arizona and Florida. Why wait for the “sun of (New) York? ”

In honor of Arizona's "Cactus League." Image: Pratosh Dwivedi .

In honor of Arizona’s “Cactus League.” Image: Pratosh Dwivedi .

And speaking of “bruised arms hung up for monuments,” Martín Pérez will return to the Texas Rangers in July after missing nearly all of last season with Tomas Juan (Tommy John) surgery. The Miracle Kid from Guanare had a nice close to 2013 and and even better beginning to 2014 until it all fell apart–that being his prized right arm. Hopefully he can get back with Elvis Andrus, Roughned Odor and his other teammates for the second half.

The biggest off-season surgery in terms of fame was Miguel Cabrera’s. Various maladies were poked and prodded at, bone spurs removed, a stress fracture healed,  but now Miguel is hitting without a cast on the right leg, and the best hitter in baseball is ready to don the olde English D of Detroit again.

Gold Glove outfielder Carlos “Cargo” Gonzalez missed more than half of last season with various knee problems. He reported to Rockies camp a week early and says that he feels great. The lefty batter can put all his weight on the surgically-repaired left leg–his back leg, as the right is for Miggy.

Wilson Ramos hasn’t caught more than 100 games since 2011, felled by a series of leg and arm injuries. He hopes to do so this season, though two compatriots, José Lobaton and Sandy Leon,  wait in the wings should he be unable. The Nats have one of the best rotations going into 2015, so there’s plenty of inspiration to direct such an outstanding cadre of arms. When was the last time, if ever, there were three catchers on the same team from the same non-US country?

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