(KMOV.com) -- We made it thru a day at Spring Training without Mark McGwire being the story. From what I could tell, McGwire was not interviewed by anybody. The national sportswriters have moved on, and the local guys seem to have had their fill of the McGwire angle now. But make no mistake about it, he's still the number one attraction on the team (at least until Albert Pujols shows up).
During batting practice the fans behind the backstop are calling out to McGwire to please come over and sign autographs. I haven't seen him do that yet. He is, afterall, suppose to be working with the hitters during BP. I'm always amazed by the fans, especially some of the older ones, who stand behind the screen and loudly beg for players or coaches to stop what they're doing and start signing the dozen baseballls they brought so they can sell them on eBay. Everyday there's another group of 10 to 15 fans who stand just outside the gate to the parking lot, hoping the players will stop on their way in or out, and sign things from their car. I've seen some of these people stand there for three hours or more with a pen in their hand, just waiting. I can't decide if this is very sad because they don't have anything else to do, or maybe these are very lucky people to have jobs that allow them to stand around a baseball park for hours on end hoping to get Julio Lugo to stop for 15 seconds and sign their notebook. I was never an "autograph guy", so that whole scene is a mystery to me.
I talked with Blake Hawksworth today. He's one of the guys trying to win the 5th starters job. This is the 7th year he's been in spring training with the Cardinals, but the first time he's really been expected to win a roster spot. Hawksworth was good out of the bullpen over the final month of last season, and will likely be a set-up guy again this year. He's battled through a lot of injuries, and told me thought about retiring at one point to go back to college and play basketball. But he stuck with baseball, and now it's beginning to pay off for him. I asked what he'd be doing right now if he wasn't a professional athlete and he said he's probably be doing talk radio somewhere. He loves to talk about sports, and said he can tell from listening to sports talk radio shows that it can't be very hard.
I not sure if that was a shot at me, but I'm guessing it was.
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