I will not be attending Reds spring training this year.
As much as I would have enjoyed working amid the sun and surf in Sarasota, I have responsibilities that will keep me grounded in the Queen City.
It's not all bad.
This is shaping up to be a busy week of covering basketball districts in both Ohio and Kentucky followed by the A-10 men's basketball tourney at US Bank Arena next week and the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds in Dayton the following week.
By then, Opening Day will be only two weeks away.
For those who haven't noticed, the Reds will not be making their customary stop in Louisville for an exhibition game this year. Instead, they will conclude the spring training schedule against the Indians in Sarasota on Saturday, April 1 before heading north for Sunday's pre-Opening Day workout at Great American Ball Park.