At 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, what kinds of things are usually going in your mind? Should I start my homework yet? Will I still fall asleep if I drink this second can of Diet Coke?
How about playing in a baseball doubleheader?
Grapefruit. Cactus. These, friends, are the juicy images of baseball spring training. Green grass. Short sleeves. As you gaze out your window at dirty snow banks that have covered up portions of the ground for two months, imagine yourself traveling to someplace exotic, like Jupiter or Surprise.
Although statistics show fewer Americans are doing so every year, newspapers are still read by millions of people each day. Arguably the most popular draw for most readers is none other than the sports section studies show that as much as 40 percent of newspaper readers do so primarily for their daily sports fix. The Messenger sat down with the Minneapolis Star Tribune Timberwolves beat writer Steve Ashburner back in December and collected his thoughts on various sports- and newspaper-related topics.