Day One, Roy Smith (Dodger Vice President, Scouting and Player Development)
The first day of Spring Training is like the first day of school—you have a mix of nervousness and anticipation. When I played it was nervousness about being ready and making the team. I have found that my feelings as a front office person are similar. Now I am anxious to see our new players and how they interact with the new coaching staff.
Another common feeling that’s shared between players and front office people is optimism. Every year in your mind, you believe this is going to be the best season you’ve ever had. Now I’m hoping that all our moves pay dividends and that our winter of hard work will culminate in a championship.
Yesterday the theoretical became reality and you just don’t know how it will look until you see it. I hope I never lose any of these feelings .