Baseball is back!
If it feels like you've heard that statement multiple times over the last two weeks, it's because you have. We start saying it when pitchers and catchers report, repeat it when intrasquad games start and keep it going when spring training games begin.
Wednesday was the third instance we have used it, meaning that spring games kicked off. It wasn't a full slate, just six games between pro teams, but it does give us something to talk about after four months of free agency, trades and all sorts of speculation.
The most important thing to say about the first day of games in spring is don't get too high or low with anything that happened. Everyone's timing is off, pitchers aren't going to throw more than 20-30 pitches, and position players will be lucky to get three at-bats.
Think of today as an introduction back into the game we all know and love. Even with things not mattering much in the grand scheme of things, there are positives and negatives to take away from everything.
Here are the biggest news and stories to take away from the first day of spring games in 2014.
Note: All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.