Sure, spring training can still be an idyllic experience. Baseball. Sun. Relaxation. An escape from winter. But the pennies you'll pay to enjoy it are getting prettier all the time.
Team USA advances and heads to Miami after rallying to beat Canada in their high-stakes, win-or-go-go-home WBC game.
Not to worry that some of America's best players aren't on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Joe Torre's group taking the field this weekend looks just fine without them.
Just an exhibition series here. A steppingstone there. A matter of national pride elsewhere. The World Baseball Classic means different things to different teams.
We know the U.S. roster for the WBC now. The next step is the passion and commitment to make it succeed.