There was an energy in the clubhouse every day throughout the spring, as though there had been no upheaval in the offseason.
Given everything thats gone on with the ball club and the franchise externally, I think from almost the minute we got on the field, things were pretty cool, Beinfest said of the spring. I dont think thats stopped.
Slowey packed his locker up Thursday, not to head next door to the minor-league side, but as a member of the big club that is heading to New Orleans on Saturday, and the seasons Opening Day in Washington. Hes thrilled about making the team.
For me in this camp, it was important that I stayed in the moment in each day, worried about what I had to do that day, he said. In years past, I may have gotten caught up in trying to prognosticate where I was going to be at the end of camp or a week later or two weeks later. This year, I was thankful to just say, One day at a time.
As of Friday, Hills fate hadnt been decided. The way he speaks as hes unpacking new cleats and Marlins gear, his last day at camp seems like Christmas morning. Working with Slowey on Wednesday in Fort Myers felt like how things should be.
I wont say its like riding a bike because I wouldnt dare say its that easy, but it felt great, he said. I know its kind of cliché, but I do feel 24 again, which is a good decade ago.
Beinfest expects that the roster for Opening Day will be set by Saturday, though like most things at Marlins camp, the motto might be to expect the unexpected. Regardless of any external notions that Marlins Park wont be an exciting place to watch baseball, the electricity from the clubhouse tells a different story.
Theres nothing like Major League Baseball, and Im looking forward to getting back out there, Slowey said. I cant imagine a better spot to do it.