The MLB exhibition schedule began particularly early in 2013. The extra time together ensures that each team will learn a lesson in spring training before heading home in late March.
Several of them will leave major league camp in sour moods. During the preseason, the field of potential World Series contenders whittles down from 30 because of incurable roster deficiencies, and the realization that "this isn't our year" can be difficult to digest.
With that said, competition frequently reaffirms a club's strengths or highlights others that have been overlooked.
Like it or not, everybody is going to see their situations differently in the coming weeks.