The Pitchers and Catchers Report Today Friday Open Thread

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And so it begins!

Royals pitchers and catchers will make their way to Surprise, Arizona today (no doubt in the Best Shape of Their Life), where a stoic Ned Yost will stand with his coaching staff at the ballpark as the ballplayers walk in.

ASSISTANT COACH DALE SVEUM: That looks like Brad Penny.

NED YOST: He was an All-Star in Los Angeles, wasn't he?

SVEUM: Wish we had him seven years ago.

YOST: Who's that?

DAYTON MOORE: Norichika Aoki. Came from Japan. Wanted religious freedom.

YOST: What's his religion?

MOORE: Voodoo.

SVEUM [as a Rolls Royce pulls up]: I thought you didn't have any high-priced talent.

MOORE: Forgot about Wade Davis because he's only high-priced. Got him in a trade a year ago.

SVEUM: Still a pretty good reliever isn't he?

MOORE: Yea, but he can't start worth a lick.

SVEUM: Look at this $%^&ing guy.

[Jason Vargas walks in sporting a radical biker haircut]

SVEUM: Maybe he's the mascot.

YOST: This is my kinda team Dale. My kinda team!

Annnnnd scene.

Four Questions in the Best Shape of Their Lives:

1. Any Valentine's Day plans? Any of them actually involve a real live woman?

2. What Royals player do you think most needs to have a good spring training?

3. When were you in the Best Shape of Your Life?

4. Bob Uecker says "Major League 4" is in the works. Pitch me some ideas for a plot.

BONER: The Winter Olympian you would most like to spend a romantic Valentine's Day with is....

BONER 2: We just booked a trip to the Tampa area during spring training. I'd like to duck out and at least catch one game. Any tips for how to enjoy a spring training game?

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