Here are a few spring training snapshots to soothe the soul.
Baseball is such a beautiful game that I get a kick out of watching players do the most basic drills. I could sit and watch players play catch for hours... shag fly balls... take grounders.
Here are some shots from the first full day of spring training workouts, Feb. 18.
Cardinals players take part in the team's first official workouts in Jupiter Florida. (AP photo)
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter smiles as he watches a bullpen session. (AP photo)
Newest Cardinals starter Brad Penny stretches prior to a bullpen session. (AP photo)
Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire has a laugh. (AP photo)
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and GM John Mozeliak watch drills and hopefully discuss the team's effort to sign some bench and bullpen help. (AP photo)