Baseball is back.
It's time to forget about the snow and blistering cold and make way for thoughts of spring training. A warm blast of sunshine hits you in the face, accompanied by the tranquilizing sounds of baseballs cracking bats, popping mitts and clearing fences.
Spring training is here and as clubs begin to prepare for the Grapefruit League with various workouts, the thought finally dawns on you—we're just about a week away from baseball. How in the world can I prepare in time?
Don't worry. We have you covered.
It's been a long offseason in particular for the Philadelphia Phillies, who finished the 2012 season with a disappointing third place finish. They've added some new pieces, however, and surely can't wait to have the opportunity to erase one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history from recent memory.
It all begins with a week's worth of spring training action, which for the sake of this article, we'll classify as games spanning from February 23-March 2. With some of the early spring story lines in mind, watch closely as the Phillies prepare and compete against their early Grapefruit League foes.