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Coaches relish rites of spring

Updated: March 5, 2007, 2:54 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Spring training arrives every February as if in a Betty Crocker box, a premixed recipe of optimism and hope and history that is as dependable a harbinger of the season as the robin's song. Say the words "Pitchers and catchers report," and cynicism melts from the most hard-bitten baseball fan's heart.

Spring practice arrives each March, and fans barely budge from their couches. It's clear that spring practice needs a new publicist. If only fans reacted the way coaches do.

"It's always ...

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