This is the time of year for stories. The aging veteran is trying to squeeze one more year out of his tired body — he looks better than he has looked in years! The phenom is looking better than the manager ever dreamed — he might actually make the club! This legend is visiting camp — all the kids ask him questions! The stories rarely pan out, of course. The wrinkles in the aging veteran’s face tend to show up in late March. The phenom starts striking out as the curveballs tighten up. The legend goes back to his home and the kids return to their same habits. The spring training stories are usually illusions. But like many illusions. they’re a lot of fun.
My favorite spring training story so far comes from Surprise, Ariz. — the best name ever for a spring training home — where according to my good friend Bob Dutton the Kansas City Royals look serious about trying to make Kyle Farnsworth a starter.