It's a ritual unlike any other in sports, because it draws casual baseball fans and seamheads alike to perennially sunny spots where the games don't even count. And that's what makes spring training so fantastic: Indeed, the dispositions of major leaguers are as sunny as the locales. Check out the photo tour below, then click on our complete overviews of the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League.

Baltimore Orioles

Fans gather to watch pitchers and catchers Thursday at the O's new spring home at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. (AP/Brian Blanco)