Home Plate Umpire, Mike Everitt, defending a tough call against Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie. Photo: Canadian Press
Down in the land of grapefruits, the bats are still swinging, the runners running and the crowds cheering in that laid-back spring-training kind of way.
Gary Darling calling the play.
But practice time is just about over. The professional baseball regular season is about to begin.
In most of the country, we need to see a few more crocuses before the amateurs and little leaguers start to play. But fingers are itchy and hopes are high - for players and umpires.
From Glen Margaret Nova Scotia, we present Philip Moscovitch's "Behind The Plate".