*absolutely clueless where the photo came from originally but SGer ESF added the caption*
I think if you talk to most die-hard baseball fans, they'll tell you the same. But the key to the above quote is "When does Spring Begin?" I can tell you what the calendar says (Some time in April? Pfffffffffft is what I say) or if you're a true fan of the game on the diamond, you know Spring begins today. The day when men turn into boys and take the field to throw the ball and catch the ball. Cleats are put on. Practice uni's on. Reacquainting and Introductions are made. There won't be games for at least 2 weeks but fans will be lining the field watching our pitching: Lester(our new Top Gun), Beckett (will he or won't he step up this year? and might I add newly married to a Rocket Scientist), Buchholz (Our Other Top Gun & a new father), Lackey(let's hope he doesn't lack luster), DiceK (show me the ERA since you got the money now), Papelbon(shut up and pitch), Bard(your next closer *I hope), Jenks and Wheeler (newly signed and I'm sorta psyched about both!), and there's Wakefield, Doubront, Tazawa, Atchison, Bowden and Okajima ...anyone else?? But wait, there's more today....today the Catchers show up too: Tek returns along with a newly signed Jarrod Saltalamaccchia. Then Exposito and Wagner rounds it out. Kids are lined up hoping for an autograph of their favorite player. The media asking every obvious and stupid question they can think of. The sun is shining while snow lingers on the ground in New England while they wait for Spring to come. But in Florida Spring is here....the groundhog has come out of his hole....Pitchers and Catchers take the field in Fort Myers preparing for Spring Training which has become a vacation spot for many baseball fans. And although there are many questions wafting around in the back of everyone's minds and souls about our team and season this year, my burning question is "When will Beckett let out his first curse word and when will the first F-Bomb be dropped on unsuspecting ears?"