Three short months from this very night, we’ll settle into our seats at Metro Bank Park. Another memorable Welcome Back dinner will have commenced 24 hours earlier, signaling that the team, the coaching staff and the Senators front office are all excited to begin a new season.

We’ll glance up at the giant video board to see Brian Goodwin at the top of the Senators’ lineup. Anthony Rendon will settle into the three hole and man the hot corner as the Nats’ #1 prospect. (Goodwin’s #2 on that list.)

We look forward to cheering for a healthy Destin Hood. Could Michael Taylor, fresh off celebrating his 22nd birthday near the end of Spring Training, be promoted to the Senators outfield, too?

I believe we’ll enjoy watching the talents of a younger team full of potential major leaguers this season. That may be why the Nationals didn’t hesitate to part with some prospects to shore up the roster in DC.

We need only get through three cold months. 1, 2, 3. But the days are getting longer. And soon, the migration to Florida and all points of the World Baseball Classic will begin.

Can’t get here soon enough for me.