While some parts of the country are still covered in snow, the calendar has turned over another month. For some, the transition from February to March is meaningless. But in places like Port St. Lucie, Florida or Surprise, Arizona it is the time where fans of America’s most beloved pastime gather to pay homage to their teams. Spring Training means a clean slate, and the knowledge that in baseball hope truly does spring eternal.
Kids of all ages scan the pristine playing field in search of memorable players, hoping for some sort of sports memorabilia thrown their way, or perhaps an autograph. There is no denying the energy in a place like this. One such emerging star that is sure to have caught the eye of any marginal baseball fan is one Clayton Kershaw, the 23 years old southpaw flamethrower from Dallas who emerged as the best of the National League. He took home top honors as Cy Young winner while completing the Triple Crown of pitching. First in wins, strikeouts and ERA; a feat generally reserved for Cooperstown legends like Sandy Koufax, to which Kershaw will always be compared. He has escalated his game in such a short period of time, like few others in baseball history. (more…)