As the snow continues to fall and we drive and slide around slush-filled corners and pot-holed roadways, I find it is relaxing to think of the sun-soaked days ahead.
There’s no better reminder of summer than baseball players reporting for spring training. The players are getting ready now as OnMilwaukee sports writer Jim Owczarski has been reporting. The first preseason game is only a few weeks away as the Dodgers face the Brewers on March 1 at Maryvale Baseball Park.
The ball clubs, and all of the staff members who work on game day are making preparations for another season, and I can almost smell the brats and burgers on the grill.
Those who work in media are getting ready too. The sports radio talk show hosts, producers, photographers, graphic artists, sound mixers and many others are looking over notes, checking all of the recording gear and getting everything prepared for what can be a promising year.
One person who is also getting ready is Andy Olivares, who is entering his seventh season as the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers.
"Depending on how the schedule goes, I should be doing around 30 games this year," Olivares said.
When we last chatted about baseball, we talked about his early love for the game that developed when he was a child in the Dominican Republic. I was telling a friend about how Olivares when he was 8 or 9 years old would ask to have the volume turned down on the television set and he’d do the play-by-play.
"That’s right," Olivares said. "I’d be doing the play-by-play and before I knew it, other people would come by and listen to me do it. They would tell me that I should go out and do that. Their support was incredible."
This year, Olivares believes the Brewers have all the pieces they need for a good season.
"I’m looking to some of the younger players to see how they develop," he said. "I think they could step up and make a contribution."
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