When spring training camp finally opens, you know you have made it through another year, that your team really has a chance this season, and that life is still good -- as long as baseball games are close at hand.
Armored in athletic gear and mitts galore, the Pittsburgh Pirates began teaching us ladies the precision of pitching and the biomechanics of batting during the 5th Annual "Baseball Basics for Women" event in Bradenton, Florida.
With MLB Opening Day less than a month away, it's every baseball fans favorite time of year. The time when every single team in the game still has a shot at being the best. As a woman who's loved the sport my entire life, I've noticed some differences between the sexes when it comes to the game.
Today was Opening Day in spring training in Sarasota, Florida. The Baltimore Orioles hosted the Toronto Blue Jays in a game that didn't count, an upbeat, cheerful -- even joyous -- occasion. Neither club has lost a game that counts in the standings. Everyone was in a good mood.
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Ernie Banks' positive attitude was infectious. He learned that he could make everyone around him smile, and a lot more comfortable, by creating his own weather.
Look the players you've never heard of. Look at the non-roster invitees. Legitimate dreams are on the line in Lakeland. Look at players like Quintin Berry.
Anticipating the start of his third season with the White Sox, the young lefty has already made his statement: He is an asset.
Our date nights are worked around game nights; dinner out means a local sports bar, my eyes glued to the big screen. Vacationing during the postseason doesn't even come up for discussion.
Baseball has been another parent, teaching my son more than I can about good sportsmanship, grace under pressure, patience, and respect for others.
I am sick and tired of hearing how the Mets are going to be awful this year. Spring training is supposed to bring about a time of positivity and happiness.
Even the predictably dreadful Pittsburgh Pirates seem energized this spring.
Spring training is the best. Everyone is hopeful, everyone has a chance -- except the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It still is the American past-time
Spring training has a completely different vibe than the regular baseball season. The parks are much smaller, the crowds are more subdued; it's a quieter, more contemplative experience.