Valentine’s Day; it’s the most romantic day of the year. And on this day, there are three words which are the ultimate sweet nothing for a baseball fan: pitchers and catchers.
Earlier today, Toronto Blue Jays pitchers and catchers reported for duty to take their physicals and prepare for tomorrow’s first full workout for batterymates. It’s a pretty innocuous affair, but there’s always something special about seeing pitchers and catchers roll into Dunedin.
Plenty of the position players are already at camp anyway – Josh Donaldson among them. At any rate, plenty of photos were taken from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium earlier today. Here are some of the highlights below.
Kudos to Rick Madonik of the Toronto Star for capturing one of the best Spring Training photos I’ve ever seen. That Joe Biagini, he’s such a character.
I guess this was the calm before the storm … before Biagini got his hands on the team trainer.
Looks like Gibby’s ready to get back to work.
Don’t panic, anybody – Roberto Osuna is here to save the day.
Francisco Liriano studies the Blue Jays’ game plan for the 2017 season.
Is that a Blue Jays robe I see on one of the team trainers? Yes, yes it is. I’m pretty sure Marco Estrada takes that robe everywhere with him.
Francisco Liriano takes a crack at the workout Roy Halladay made famous; the stairs at the complex.
Roberto Osuna’s ready for action.
BONUS! Interviews with Joe Biagini, Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ via Sportsnet.