The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 31, 1998 · Page 50
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 50

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, March 31, 1998
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20C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 X ' A ' f , - i W -K 1 : j ' Q dreatris 1 tiui-till ..fetik b ld Mk "4a hte-. fTlf T m'JL- .... A.,.J,fc'J.f.." . h , ' K i.i i l I 1 ' , S '1 - f f ' 7 '. t I, . i it , 1 . . V- 4- i . . I. 5 I it 1 a i i 4.1 . .Oi - j I V Vi ' tf 'I- t . ' . 1 4 . 'V ,1 Jt I 1 '",':.(, i - : 3 ft 1 ' ' ' M - '?' ' V,-V-Vt v ;,;t vjJ U t' ,. w. . V" 7 t '.7 1 - m "'' -. 4tt ! i: 1 p:- ... V I;; r.. -Vi ..-j .. .-.ti ii hr,QH fr a tho rarrtinaiQ and fans alone the third-base line (tOD Dhoto) reached to seize a memory to go in it; fireit qnrne Roger uean biaa urn iiveu up iu mc cApcLiauuna ui an yiiu uwu ii - - , . . . - LpiSy place to watS ? spring training baseball. The Atlanta Braves visited one Monday to play with the three decades of others left by the Braves. When baseball's regular season begins, it brings a close to a most irregular spring served so well for 35 years. The St. Louis Cardinals have been embraced as new and exciting friends, the Montreal Expos welcomed back like the chums of youthful summers. A Grapefruit League season imbued with the sense of a beginning came through with its days of idyllic languor, and we reveled. And how quickly it's gone since McGwire drove his 425-foot homer arcing out over 6,899 approving opening-day fans. Between the Cards and Expos, 28 games were played in the sparkling new stadium, in a spring that blew by all too quickly. And the Braves? Don't they wear mouse ears now, or something? We've learned how a hesitant mass of warm water off Chile can test the stamina of our crotons. We've learned how "average annual rainfall" is a meaningless phrase. We've learned a comfortable, enchanting little ballpark can spring out of the mud seemingly overnight, and how easily we can forget a hulking relic that Many of the images are tilted into the wind. Caps blowing off. -Homers hanging to become long outs. The sounds of the stretching and grunting of spring have been borne along on northwest gusts to 25 mph. It's been an El Nino spring, a Mark McGwire spring, but it has been foremost a spring of changing perceptions. - t ' i '".. ..s 4 Ttx i V .4 . -idAt ! - "... . . . f " ; " V H X f ' H L Montreal Expos hopefuls run wind sprints dunng a morning workout, and later will pause returning to the clubhouse and sign baseballs pressed through the fence by fans. This spring, area fans got acquainted with the St. Louis Cardinals and reacquamted with the Expos at Roger Dean Stadium while perhaps pondering how appropriate was the naming of Jupiter after the Roman god of thunder and the skies. TODAY: Chicago Cubs at Florida Marlins. 4:30 p.m. TV: SportsChannel. WGN PHOTOS BY SHERMAN ZE NTSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER TEXT BY BILL BOWENSTAFF WRITER V

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