It's finally here.
The smell of freshly cut grass. The warmth of sunshine on our faces. The sound of wooden baseball bats making contact with a baseball, like the sound of a metronome beating against either side of its container.
All of the things that make a baseball fan tick, well, they're back, and though not all of us are feeling the warmth of the sun or smelling the freshly cut grass just yet, we can't help but realize that all of these pleasures are just around the bend.
That's because it's finally here: Spring Training.
Nothing quite foreshadows the coming baseball season like watching all of the players workout in their respective camps, and nothing signals the coming of spring quite like the arrival of the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Florida for the club's faithful followers.
As is the case with every season and every team, there will be plenty of news to keep an eye on this spring, particularly out of the Phillies' camp. This slide show will serve as a primer to make sure that you don't miss a beat.
For up to the minute Phillies' information, check out Greg's blog: The Phillies Phactor.