Taft winning the Presidents Race for the first time.
It’s not all physical fitness at spring training, however. Players are put through baseball drills, as well. Unfortunately, financial concerns are still an issue for the Mets, who have been forced to practice without baseballs. (via Photos: Spring training’s grueling regimen - Sports Fans, Teams, Stadiums, Page 2 - Fandom Blog - ESPN Playbook - ESPN)
Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Matt Cain. Matt Cain said to his brother, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Matt Cain attacked his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Matt Cain, “Where is your brother?” “I don’t know,” Matt Cain replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Matt Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Matt Cain‘s brother, since Matt Cain killed him.
Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is, is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.
Once I started pitching, I’m not sure my left arm ever didn’t hurt. For more than three decades, whether in Little League or the minor leagues or Fenway Park in Boston, there was pain. Sharp or dull, in the elbow or at the shoulder. Throwing fastballs as a kid or junk as a lefty trying to stay in the big leagues, it all led to pain. It would be dulled by aspirin or beer or more powerful cocktails of medicine and booze. But it would never leave.
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