Hope springs eternal at MLB’s ‘grapefruit league’

“Hope springs eternal” for the major-league teams and their fans who flew south to Florida’s Grapefruit League to catch a glimpse of their favorite team and players. Fans watched players stretch, participated in workouts, sought autographs, selfies and enjoyed the national pastime in the Florida sunshine.

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A reflection of the ballpark and sky appears on sunglasses on the dugout steps during a spring training baseball game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) The back fields before morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A young fan stands behind a fence looking for an autograph from a player during morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets picther Noah Syndergaard jogs past fans holding baseballs after a live bullpen at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets players run off the practice field for more drills at New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets fans line the fences to watch players loosen up before morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo chats and signs for fans after morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A fans holds a ball signed by a player before the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan) New York Mets infielder Matt Reynolds takes aim with Mets team photographer Marc Levine camera that was left in the dugout before the baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
A member of the grounds crew prepares the field before the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A grounds crew member prepares the field before the spring training baseball game against the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Fans gather outside waiting for the gates to open on the first Spring Training game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
Fans wearing jerseys with late Hall of Famer Stan Musial and current Cardinal Yadier Molina sit in seats before a spring training baseball game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow signs for fans at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker exchanges lineup cards with New York Mets manager Terry Collins at home plate before the Spring Training baseball game at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets David Wright (5) signs for fans before the baseball game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A grounds crew member prepares the 3rd base line before the spring training baseball game against the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets pitcher Kevin McGowan signs for fans before the baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Josh Smoker hands a ball and chats with a young fan wearing catcher’s equipment in the seats before the baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Fans watch the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets from the berm at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Great seats near the bullpen on a perfect day for a spring training baseball game between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
A group of young St. Louis Cardinals fans hold up autographs while standing outside the players gate after the spring training baseball game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Young fans stand near the dugout fencing hoping for an autograph after the baseball game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Fans watch the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets from the berm at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)

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Photos taken Feb. 24 to March 2, 2017 using a Canon EOS-1D X DSLR with a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens.

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