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Arizona Diamondbacks spring training workouts begin

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There will come a day when players stretching a bit and languidly throwing will no longer excite us. Today, however, is not that day...

@Dbacks, via Twitter

It has been a long, dark dismal winter in a whole variety of ways, not least for Arizona sports fans, who had to witness the spectacular implosion of the Cardinals, as well as the ongoing failures of the Coyotes and Suns. But as the sunshine of spring begins to warm the earth, and we contemplate whether or not we need to turn on the air-conditioning [hahaha! Suck it, the Northeast!], baseball begins once more. Enjoy the seven or so weeks of calm folks, when losses don’t matter, and hope springs eternal. Because eventually, the games will count, and based on last year’s experience, that’s when things start to go wrong...

For now, though? Let’s just revel in the simplest of pleasures. Which would be...

Pitchers! Doing pitchery things!

Catchers! Getting ready to catch!

Jimmie Sherfy throwing. I was about to praise the perfect way in which he repeats his mechanics each time, when I realized I was actually watching a four-second clip of one pitch on a loop...

Meanwhile, Zack Greinke was adopting a particularly low-key approach to the first day of workouts, with a “simulated bullpen”. Which would appear to be right up there with “artificial margarine” in terms of meaningful statements.

Shelby Miller made it through his first session, with knuckles apparently unscathed. So there’s that...

Finally, here are Mike Hazen and Torey Lovullo, meeting with the media after the first day of workouts.