With pitchers and catchers on horizon, anticipation mounts around MLB
By Mark Newman
"Pitchers and catchers report" are four of the most beautiful words in the English language. Everything old is new again. As another Spring Training gets underway on Wednesday in Florida and Arizona, we are asking people around Major League Baseball what those four words mean to them.
Join the conversation and be sure to use #BaseballBegins in your tweets.
D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall
D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall: "Those four words mean that the world is right again as all problems and tragedies will be forgotten for a few minutes to hear the crack of the bat and the popping of the mitt. It means I have waited 3 1/2 months, but need not wait anymore, to smell the fresh-cut grass and admire lines of chalk. Most importantly, it means a new season for the greatest sport in existence is again upon us, and my team is in first place."
Robinson Chirinos, who heads to Rangers camp as the team's No. 1 catcher: "It's special for everybody. Everybody is excited for Spring Training. The baseball season is starting, we're excited. We have worked hard in the offseason and now it is time to get started. We're ready for a new year."
Howard Wiggs, mayor of Lakeland, Fla.: "Those four words mean the Boys of Summer are returning to Lakeland. They mean that some of this country's finest family entertainment is beginning for another year. They mean that Lakeland's long time relationship with some of the finest baseball folks in the world will continue for many more years. Go Tigers!"
Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen: "Those words to me mean that we need to start getting our big league field ready to go. As soon as the weather cooperates, we will be perfecting Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and it will be ready to greet the team when it comes home!"
Mike Remlinger pitching for the Braves
Mike Remlinger, MLB pitcher from 1987-2006: "For the early part of my career, 'pitchers and catchers report' meant another chance to live my childhood dream of being a Major League pitcher. Later in my career, it was a culmination of long hours of training throughout the winter and that rebirth of a World Series dream in the upcoming season."