A look out the window from TigerBlog HQ shows a quick reminder that it snowed yesterday. This was the big, thick snow, the kind that gathers on branches and weighs the trees down. When the sun came out this morning, the result was a reminder that nature has its very heavy moments.
Unless you're a baseball or softball coach. In that case, all you have is a frozen field covered with about 3-4 inches of snow. In any event, it's unlikely that either Clarke Field (home of Princeton baseball) or 1895 Field (home of Princeton softball) is going to provide much of a practice facility for either team prior to Feb. 27, when the baseball team opens at UNC Greensboro and the softball team opens at Chattanooga.
So where do you go? How about four floors below the main court at Jadwin Gym?
Down on E level sits "The Pit," which is beyond the indoor tennis courts. The Pit offers the baseball and softball teams batting cages, pitchers' mounds and most importantly a full-sized infield. It's not quite like being outside, but it does offer the opportunity for indoor intra-squad games and for pitchers and hitters to get in the preseason work they need.
Still, this figures to be another year when the first time the teams are on a real field will be warmups before the first game.