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Astros pitchers and catchers report: baseball is back

Springtime in’s about to get sticky.

MLB: Spring Training-Houston Astros at Philadelphia Phillies Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Pitching and catchers reporting to spring training is the baseball equivalent of groundhog day telling everyone that there will be 36 more weeks of America’s pastime.

The Astros celebrated the arrival of Spring Training the best way they could...with their mascot Orbit:

Josh Reddick worked on breaking in his new Astros cap by baking it in the Flordia on the dashboard:

West Palm bound. Baseball is back. #Stros #I95 #HonkIfYaSeeMe

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The bald bros., bald backstop brothers, bald-beards squared, El Oso Blanco y El Juez (I’m still working on a nickname for Brian McCann and Evan Gattis) got some work in the cage:

One of the newest Astros Nori Aoki is starting to get work in. He will be playing for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.

Fielding drills have started:

The Astros now have roommates in their new digs - if you didn’t know:

It is the only the beginning of Astros baseball, but it's good to have it back finally.