The first full team workout was yesterday. In St. Louis, the snowfall is nearly over, but in Jupiter, Florida Cardinals gather to hit balls with bats and run sprints and lift weights. It is a beautiful thing. Soon, real spring will be upon us and the crack of bat, the smell of dirt and pine tar, the treasured site of lush, verdant grass, the sound of Matt Carpenter old-man swearing getting picked up by the microphone accidentally, the dazzling display of Adam Wainwright's extravagant dugout dances and handshakes, and the heartwarming view of Carlos Martinez's youthful and adorable antics will no longer be a distant memory. They will be real and visible and oh so welcome. Gifs will be made, Vines recorded, memes photoshopped. What a time to be alive!
Until then, please enjoy the sights and sounds from the first workout I have collected from the Twitters.
Music from Aerosmith currently blaring in the clubhouse. #Journalism #STLCards— Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) February 23, 2016
...And they're off. First full squad workout. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/m04QkFfQjb— Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) February 23, 2016
And they're off! #STLCards #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/fl6aTPl9tV— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 23, 2016
Wainwright delivers with Molina, Pham looking on #cardinals #stlcards pic.twitter.com/uAmGiWCzY5— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) February 23, 2016
It's all blue skies and baseball in Jupiter! #STLCards #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/bQHktq1Vnw— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 23, 2016
Piscotty and Holliday prepare to step in against Seth Maness. #stlcards pic.twitter.com/jbIXUTraLw— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) February 23, 2016
Cage chat. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/iskL5Wh9Or— Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) February 23, 2016
Just hangin out pic.twitter.com/P6nI1ui3hX— Rico Suave (@vexedtechie) February 23, 2016
Kolten and Randal chatting it up while Michael practices his pickoff pic.twitter.com/NBtcI637zK— Rico Suave (@vexedtechie) February 23, 2016
Just another Tuesday afternoon pic.twitter.com/XmFNBz7AfT— Rico Suave (@vexedtechie) February 23, 2016
Day 1 of spring training is in the books...ONE team ONE goal #2016— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) February 23, 2016
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Yadi a hockey guy? Yes. went to #blues game 4 yrs ago. Is now a big fan. "I'll root for them til I die" stlcards pic.twitter.com/PaudhNJDEY— Martin Kilcoyne (@martinkilcoyne2) February 23, 2016
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