Are we talking about Practice?

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Are we talking about Practice?
Spring Training is a time where everyone's team has a shot to win a division. Having scene with my own eyes the Indians running the bases and firing baseballs aroung the diamond, I can assure you of one thing. The Indians practices definitely sound just as exciting in the paper as they are in real life. Station to station drills were what was on tap before last Thursday's Diamondback game, as players were in groups of 4 while taking batting practice and leadoff third base practice. The most interesting group was Sizemore/DeRosa/Hafner/Valbuena for sure. The other two groups I witnessed were Hodges/Brantley/Cannizaro/Cabrera and Mills/Head/LaPorta/Espino. I have no idea how or why they were paired in that way, but watching DeRosa interact with Grady and Pronk showed me that he will fit perfectly in with the clubhouse as they were constantly joking around with each other.

The Tribe's brand spanking new training complex in Goodyear, Arizona is about a 10 minute walk from the ballpark, and is literally in the middle of nowhere, next to a literal airplane graveyard. Fans are allowed to watch practice down the right field and left lines of the field closest to the road through a 15 foot high fence. I was able to capture some shots of batting, infield, and outfield practice by standing on top of the bleachers and sticking my camcorder through the openings of the fence. It isn't much, but the following clips are of our favorite baseball players preparing for a hopefully exciting season.

Clip 1 Eric Wedge Rallying the troops...

Clip 2 A little outfield work...

Clip 3 Guys jogging on the field... (shocking video)

Clip 4 Guys walking off of the field... (mesmerizing stuff!)

Clip 5 Grady stretching and guys leading off third base..

Clip 6 Some more Indians leading off of Third...

Clip 7 Running the bases with the Tribe!

Clip 8 The Indians taking some grounders...

I hope this provides a little more insight into what the Indians do on a daily basis and what the new practice field looks like. Manager Eric Wedge definitely has them on a strict routine and is loving the flexibility the new complex is affording his players and staff. Arizona is definitely a desert, but definitely more like home watching Indians uniforms run around. Tuesday's TTO will feature clips from the game against the Diamondbacks.

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