Their plane landed in town a bit after 11am Monday morning. Gene Glynn and his players were all smiles. Like most other baseball teams this year, they are permeating with optimism.
However, the smiles were, in large part, about the snow. Really. It helps that the Wings have spent the last few weeks in the Florida sun.
"Leaving Florida and then landing in Baltimore, there was no snow," Glynn said. "When we made this last connection and flew here, people were looking out the window. Whoever was sitting by the window took the pictures for the people in that row."
"We heard it was cold. We were trying not to believe our weather apps on our phones," said shortstop Doug Bernier. "And as we got to Rochester, you could see the snow and it was like, 'ok, here we go'."
Rochester begins the season Thursday in Buffalo and will play there Friday afternoon as well. The home opener is Saturday afternoon.
"This is no surprise to us. It's not like we got here and were expecting to see sunny skies and green grass," said outfielder Darin Mastroianni. "We're all geared up. We've got plenty of warm gear and facemasks and all that stuff. The first month is going to be a bit of a grind, but we'll get through it."
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