Signs of Spring Training

Hello palm trees, hello reasonable temperatures, hello beaches. The image above can only mean one thing; pitchers and catchers have officially reported for duty.

Although it’s been another very active offseason for the Blue Jays front office, pitchers and catchers reporting means the end of a very long winter baseball drought.

Technically, they report today, but there was a plethora of photos released from Blue Jays camp over the weekend. Luckily, the fine folks at Daylife and Reuters Photos have it all covered.


Jesse Litsch looking like he just returned from a three month expedition at the North Pole. Maybe he thought growing a beard was his strategy to start being considered for more serious roles.

For some strange reason, when I look at this silhouette of Jose Bautista in the cage, it reminds me of Pedro Cerrano from Major League. Let’s just hope the power of Jobu is on Bautista’s side once again this year.

Here’s Johnny Mac in fine form, and I can’t tell exactly who the prospects are running the the background, but one of them may or may not be the cousin of Pauly D from Jersey Shore. Cabs are here!

Adam Lind with his new take home project, a first baseman’s glove. Maybe one of the conditions of his new position is he has to take his glove home with him like one of those plastic babies from Family Studies class.

Wouldn’t it be cool if pitchers were allowed to wear sunglasses? Ricky Romero proves that the future’s so bright in Dunedin that you do in fact have to wear shades.

You can definitely tell some of these guys don’t see the sun very often during the offseason. A suggestion to Aaron Hill; maybe ask Pauly D’s cousin where the best suntanning salons are in Dunedin.

One of the players I’m most stoked to see perform during Spring Training is Brett Lawrie. Of course, it’s kind of tough to recognize him without a 40 duct taped to his hand.

Is it just me, or does John Farrell bear a certain resemblance to the Silent Assassin, Alex Anthopoulos?

I honestly have no clue what kind of shirt David Purcey is wearing here. The only thing I can think of is “Stay There!” takes over from “Hustle & Heart” as the new slogan for the Toronto Blue Jays.


Not much to say about this photo except it’s beautiful.
Welcome back baseball … we missed you.

Images courtesy of Daylife

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

2 thoughts on “Signs of Spring Training

  • February 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I sincerely hope "STAY THERE" is the new "Hustle & Heart" – it would be hilarious and amazing and remnant of Josh Towers yelling at A-Rod.

  • February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Sarah, it could very well be! Or maybe it's just one of those nonsensical shirts that aren't supposed to mean anything, but to make people think that it does.

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