We went to the Twin's first spring training baseball game today in Fort Myers. The Twins were playing against the team that trains in Port Charlotte, the Tampa Bay Rays. It was 83 degrees in Fort Myers at game time and the announcer also announced the temperature in the Twin Cities, 24 degrees and snowing, he said. We had good seats in the shade and high enough up to have a good view. I took a photo of the first pitch below. Carl Pavanno was pitching, Joe Mauer was catching and Justin Morneau was the first baseman. Both Joe and Justin got a hit and an RBI before leaving in about the fifth inning to be replaced by second team players. It was spring training and thus doesn't really count, but it was nice to see the high-buck stars back on the field together. The Twins won handily 7-3.
Nishioka had a triple and scored twice after entering the game as a replacement at shortstop.
It must be spring. Baseball is back.