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Pics from Tempe - Day One

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Back again from sunny Tempe with the annual tradition: when the Pitchers and Catchers report to Tempe Diablo, so do I, camera in tow, to share all its hope and glory with the HH community. Random thoughts 1. It was a good day to see Bobby Knopp (#1). I should just stop there, but life goes on..... A loss like today reminds me of the prior Spring losses of Preston Gomez and Nick Adenhart, just to name a few of the recent ones. 2. Mark Mulder looks huge and like a kid - hope this bodes well. 3. Does this #55 uniform make me look fat? A skinny Joe Blanton? If his ERA drops like his weight, start getting your October tickets now. 4. Arte was around, but I didn't see Jerry, Tim Mead or Bill Stoneman and usually they're there. 5. There are some nice historical posters of Cactus League/Tempe/Halo history in the stadium - a great touch - You'll want to check them out when you come. I tried to get photos of them, but the sun wasn't quite right so there was some glare. 6. Besides Mulder - Hector Santiago, Joe Smith, and Tyler Skaggs all aboard! 7. Day seemed rather business-like and crowds were light - probably due to the non contention the last few years, and the loss of #11 8. Albert hit, but early so all I saw of him was him heading back to a clubhouse when I pulled into the parking lot. Reports were that he looked good and was smashing it. As far as I know, he's the only position player to show up early in uniform. 9. Its awesome to see #25 back in HH. Welcome home, Don Baylor. 10. A warm day, I got a bit of a tan - if you are checking in from anywhere else besides the Southwest. I feel bad (please send water)

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