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Spring Training goes green for St. Patrick's Day

Baseball's Irish connections run fairly deep -- from 284-game winner Tony Mullane, to Joe "The Giant Killer" McEwing, to umpiring step-dancers. Here are 10 ways Spring Training showed its Emerald Isle pride on St. Patrick's Day.

Stadium employees were dressed for the occasion:

employees, Irish

While players, like Brandon Phillips, were greeted with themed jerseys before their games:

The Red Sox, representing a city rich with Irish pride, looked comfortable in their threads:

Red Sox

Even bases couldn't hide from some shamrock flair:


Green hats were apparent throughout the league, with John Axford taking things a step further:

And the Mets taking things two steps further:

And, well, then there was Padres catcher Rene Rivera:

Fans also got in the act at the Marlins game in Jupiter:

Irish hat

And even provided some music accompaniment in Clearwater:

Irish music

But let's go back to Jupiter, and let's go back to those beautiful fan hats:

fan hats

Stunning. Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody!