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.
Get yourself ready for dreams and heartbreak. It's spring, time to be a kid again, because baseball is back: so order a bag of peanuts and a Coke and settle in.
Taiwan? That's where Joe Torre and crew are spending the week.
Slowly, steadily, the good folks at Disney and ESPN have turned one of the brand's more quizzical efforts into a mecca, not for characters, but for th...
According to the AP, signs have gone up in all of baseball's locker rooms declaring that "individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons while performing any services for MLB."
One bonafide baseball fan described spring training games as "non-alcoholic beer", but hey, if you're feeling parched in the midst of a drought, a beer without buzz is still a welcome beverage.
Now there are players who are excited to be Yankees, and to play for their first World Series appearance. Sure, they too got big checks in the off season, but they wanted to play for a team.
In Manny's defense, I hadn't really thought this whole thing through. I mean, who heads to Arizona for Spring Training ... basks in the glory of the D...
As we were leaving Applebee's, one of the Dodgers was coming in. We told him, "No!! Go back! Go somewhere else!" He did. I consider it a favor worthy of his next World Series ring.