The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 31, 1998 · Page 87
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March 31, 1998

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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 87

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20C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 Season i nf n i Tim q mo I r-l III llll I I II 61 r- t 1 - ! 7 7 4 i i f ! -M, V'iijtH i. I . z i - - . i. .... .' ) i r -If , M ' 1 1 h4 f .... ..-i--1 v-V . I U i r-,,-P-.-Ji' 5 ? ... - ' - '""i V r - j. v : '!" f V 1 A! ; ' if' i . Wk ..v'- ,! j . V -'; f. .i :-; ..v. , " ' ' i " .' .':'-' .;.'-' -A. . ft ft ' r f I It Tt J the Cardinals, and fans along the third-base line (top photo) reached to seize a memory to go with the three decades of others left by the Braves. In its first spring Roger Dean Stadium lived up to the expectations of all who hoped for a spiffy place to watch spring training baseball. The Atlanta Braves visited one Monday to play When baseball's regular season begins, it brings a close to a most irregular spring served so well for 34 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. 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 Nifio spring, a Mark McGwire spring, but it has been foremost a spring of changing perceptions. 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? : -- - ( ...,,, , , ' , I Ml J II - "Ilium IP'I .fit. y-zri V 4 -it' r r m tmmi i immmmmmmmmmmmmm nm. "" " " - 'y 11 1 "'" " 1 ; : - t ' j r i ii nm ill rn i I ' niiniri.iii mi i i I Montreal Expos hopefuls run wind sprints during 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 reacquainted 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 ZENTSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER .,. m,t

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