This time last year, there was a golf card parade down whatever the main road is named in Surprise, Arizona. Today, the Royals play out the spring with a meaningless game. In Milwaukee. How things change in a year.
Yet flags fly forever and we will never forget the Cactus League champs of 2013.
Your lineup for the final Cactus League game of 2014:
Norichika Aoki - RF
Alcides Escobar - SS
Eric Hosmer - 1B
Billy Butler - DH
Alex Gordon - LF
Salvador Perez - C
Mike Moustakas - 3B
Lorenzo Cain - CF
Danny Valencia - 2B
Yordano Ventura gets to throw some fire.
There's still plenty to sort out between now and Monday. Omar Infante isn't with the team in Milwaukee, which indicates (despite the Royals protestations) that he will open the season on the DL. That opens a spot presumably for Pedro Ciriaco. Because he's out of options. Isn't that the proper way to manage your roster? Jason Donald is still in "camp" but he isn't on the 40-man roster. By the way, the 40-man roster is currently at 39.
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One more spring game. Can't wait until Monday.