Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
When Spring Training gets under way, it's always an exciting time of the year. Of course, for us northerners, it's the first sign of warm weather in months, and brings about thoughts of baseball games at the park in the hot summer nights. It's a fresh start for the new year, something Tigers fans always looked forward to as in my lifetime, there hasn't been a ton to relish from year's past (at least until 2006). And that feeling of optimism and hope can cross all teams - everyone is undefeated, everyone has a hotshot new prospect just showing up to camp and turning heads, and everyone has the "if this goes right" syndrome, where they can convince themselves with the right breaks they'll be in contention. Ultimately, the start of spring training is one of the best times of the year - a time to think about good weather, the summer to come, and the optimism that a new season brings.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
It sounds like a cop out, but just seeing the guys on the field again is my favorite part. It is very difficult to argue with watching your favorite players back on the field, playing your favorite game. Even when the team was struggling for over ten years, it was always exciting to see them hit the field, read the news pieces about how they see improvement and are anxious to start the season. Every spring brings optimism that something great may happen; even if only for a game. This year's team brings mounds of optimism, and it should be an extremely exciting spring as this collection of players looks to build upon two years of success. Optimism is in the air again, the guys are about to take the field, and we are about to be treated to another wondeful baseball season!
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
My favorite part of spring training is that it obviously signals that baseball is back, and warm weather will be as well. When I lived in Michigan, the pictures from spring training looked so inviting not only of how the team was looking, but that winter would eventually be over regardless of the snow and frigid temperatures outside. Then there's the storylines. From which youngsters that shine, to who will round out the bullpen, and which veteran's job is in trouble, not to mention the possibility of a major trade going down. It's just nice to hear the familiar sounds of the crack of the bat, and pounding off the ball hitting the mitt that baseball has returned.
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