Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about spring training, a rather nostalgic look — I’ve covered spring training more than 30 times:

Spring training is here and spring training is like no other sports tradition. I am talking about Arizona. I don’t know about Florida.

When Roger Craig was managing the Giants, he would meet the beat writers after spring games and play pickup basketball at a nearby playground. His wife Carolyn brought the beer.

Bruce Bochy plays poker with the writers.

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