Eight days until P.A.C.R.

Thankfully, it’s that time of year, where attentions turn from the grid iron (congrats to Drew and the Saints, btw) to the diamond. Listening to the Hot Stove League Show on 710 ESPN tonight, there was the tiniest of parallels between the two sports, as Eric Byrnes seems to have almost as much energy as new Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll.

I’ve got a feeling that as great as the M’s clubhouse was last season – we are in for even more of a treat in 2010. I’m anxious to see how the personalities meld and mesh. Will Ichiro find a way elude Junior’s tickle attacks? Will Eric and RRS sneek off to go surfing in every road city within 50 miles of a coast line? Who will Junior appoint as Kangaroo Court Jester? Will Chone be the shy, retiring type or the class clown? Will Cliff Lee play the straight man? And, of course, we all know Milton will be a barrel of laughs.

Oh, and I guess it will also be interesting to see how the 5-man rotation shakes out, if it will be Ichi-Chone or Chone-Ichi, which young one will surprise with a breakout Spring, which old one will have a career year and how we will all contain ourselves watching that dazzling “D”