Spring Training Day 1 recap: Trey Mancini's return, Nolan Arenado's debut, more
Spring training is back!
The Grapefruit League and Cactus League returned to action on Sunday in Florida and Arizona, respectively, as Major League Baseball gears up for the 2021 season.
Day 1 featured 14 games, with plenty of moments to be enjoyed as America's pastime took to the field.
Grab a hot dog, some sunflower seeds and a socially distanced patch of sun as we look at some of the best moments from Sunday's action.
Man of the moment
After undergoing surgery and completing six months of chemotherapy in the lead-up to spring training, Mancini got the start at first base for the O's against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The limited fans in attendance and both dugouts applauded the 28-year-old as he walked to the plate.
Mancini laced a single in the at-bat, his first appearance at the plate in nearly a year.
It'll be tough to find a more heartwarming moment than this.
Fans got their first glimpse of Arenado in the Cardinals' lineup on Sunday, and they let their support be heard.
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old Arenado ended the day against the Washington Nationals 0-for-2 with a strikeout, so fans will have to wait to cheer for his first hit in Cardinals red.
What's in a name?
Part of the charm of spring training is the sheer volume of opportunities for players to get some playing time.
As rosters balloon to a maximum of 75 players, it can be tough to keep track of the lesser-known names.
Such was the case for legendary New York Yankees announcer John Sterling, who kept it honest when Trevor Lane was spotted warming up in New York's bullpen.
Here's hoping Lane can make a name for himself this spring.
That didn't take long
One day into spring training, and the bats are already flipping.
Everyone digs the long ball, but outfield assists are kind of like the defensive equivalent of a homer.
Check back later for more of the best moments from spring training!