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Ten things to pack for spring training: A BLS photo review

Big League Stew

With another wave of batteries reporting to spring training today, it would seem that the AP photo stream has finally been unclogged. As such, Big League Stew takes a look at the first images of the 2009 season by compiling a must-have list for each reporting player.

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Because there's nothing like rubbing oil in the palm of a new glove, bending it backward, tying a belt around it and placing it underneath a car wheel over night.

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Because bubble gum won't eat the inside of your lip.

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Because Rowand set the bar high with this Aston Martin (and because the sunshine girls won't believe you're a big leaguer without a car that's retains more value than their house).

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Because an AL championship makes you crave anonymity, despite risk of sunglass tan.

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Because you've been battling the evils of athlete's foot in the shower since the minors.

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Because they make management think you're a hard worker worthy of a big league spot.

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Because split squads were solely designed to let stars escape for a full loop.

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Because even guys like Rich Aurilia have to sign their names plenty of times.

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Because it's never too early to start marketing your paste-on Fu Manchus to sell to the Wrigleyville idiots who bought the Horry Kow t-shirts in 2008.

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Because it's not really happening if the freezing folks back home can't see it.

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