I know the feeling.

Marc Lancaster says that optimism abounds as the Reds head north:

Never one to get too excited – particularly over something as nebulous as spring training performance – Dan O’Brien measured his words carefully as he summed up Reds camp.

“Talent-wise, we’re improved,” the general manager said. “But that is only a part of the equation. The next step when the regular season begins is being able to carry forward and execute our organizational game plan in regards to pitching, hitting and defense.”

In other words, as optimistic as everyone was as they packed their bags to leave Sarasota, they still have to play the games, and that’s the only measurement that counts.

Well, the games start counting tomorrow. Finally.