Pitchers and catchers report today, and they're probably going to hug it out
Pitchers and catchers are reporting (and hugging)
Today is a big day on the MLB calendar. After months and months of hot stoves and cold days, pitchers and catchers are finally reporting to Spring Training. It's a special day because it means that sweet, sweet baseball is coming back.
The bond between a pitcher and his catcher is as old as the game itself. And, even now, with the advent of pitch-framing data, we're understanding their relationship on a deeper level.
But, the eye-test has always shown just how linked these two positions are. After all, who's the first person a pitcher celebrates with?
That's right -- the catcher.
And so, in honor of pitchers and catchers reuniting today in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, let's take a look at this affectionate bond and its most common manifestation:
You see, the catcher is always there for the pitcher -- after every victory:
And after they've both recorded their final out:
He's there for every complete game:
And the perfect games:
And even when a pitcher comes oh-so-close to pitching a perfect game:
Or, even if he's just finishing off a no-no:
They hug when the team clinches a division title:
And, of course, when the closer gets that 27th out of the last game of the season -- winning the World Series. Especially if it's the franchise's first one:
Or even if you get to do it three times in five years:
Welcome back to baseball for all the pitchers and catchers! Just think -- this could be you in just a few months: