Making the long drive Saturday -- south on U.S. 231, take a left on I-10, take a right on I-75, exit at Port Charlotte -- for spring training.
In my annual tradition of showing how little I know, here are my roster guesses for the Biscuits. These are obviously before I know anything about what's happened in camp. We started the blog with one of these way back when.
Pitchers -- Alex Torres, Darin Downs, Alex Cobb, David Newmann, Jake McGee, Matt Gorgen, Richard De Los Santos
Catchers -- Jose Lobaton, Nevin Ashley
Infielders -- Matt Sweeney, Shawn O'Malley, Cody Cipriano, Matt Fields
Outfielder -- Emeel Salem
If Lobaton is a surprise, I pick him because the Rays won't want two 40-man catchers splitting time at Triple-A Durham. They'd prefer both seeing regular playing time. Also, before someone points out you need three outfielders to play a game, I don't have the guts to pick a second at this time.
Opening night starting pitcher? I'll go with the Reno Rabbit, McGee. (Yes, I just made up that nickname.)
As far as the trip, I'll definitely hide my press credentials when rolling through Gainesville. I hear they don't like it there when you ask questions and accurately report what's said.