Is love in the air, or is it just that tingly feeling brought on by the imminent arrival of pitchers and catchers to their spring training camps?
Yes, Valentine's Day and the start of spring training have converged once again, and is there no better way to celebrate this double holiday than by offering you my (All Time) All Valentine's Day Baseball Team. That was rhetorical.
Now, you can sue me or grill me if you insist, but please give me just a little love—I'll settle for a "like" or two—even if I omitted some of your favorites.
I thought about including the greatest player to ever play the game, one George Herman (Babe) Ruth as I once dated a babe named Ruth, but my more conservative instincts thought that was too much of a reach. Still, I could not resist the cover picture of the Babe with his own babe at the shore.
And even if you're dizzy in love (for your partner, or for baseball), you won't find Dizzy Dean here. Not even Daffy.
But if you look hard enough at the following show, you may find a Hall of Famer or two playing alongside some dudes that were barely household names in their own households. And isn't that what V-Day is all about? Well, that and some stuff I won't discuss here.
So, journey onward, and you may even find some slim love ahead. Speaking of which, the Yankees had a pitcher named Slim Love who ...