Big League Stew - MLB

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.

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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