The day for pitcher and catchers to report for spring training, awaited by baseball fans since the last out of the World Series, brought with it some of the messy offseason news of money and contract negotiations.
St. Louis and representatives of Albert Pujols agreed to extend the window for a new deal for 24 hours through 10 a.m. MST Wednesday because they didn't want to distract from Cardinals great Stan Musial receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In Clearwater, Fla., Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he wants a contract extension before his team starts the season.
The most successful manager in franchise history is entering the final year of a deal he signed after leading the Phillies to the first of four straight division titles in 2007. He's making $2.4 million this season.
With Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels in the rotation, Manuel has what appears to be the top starting staff in the majors. Joined by No. 5 Joe Blanton, the Fab Five held a joint news conference.
In Scottsdale, Ariz., the San Francisco Giants reported as World Series champions for the first time since winning the title in 1954.
"After what we were able to do last year, I wanted to be back hanging with the boys," left-hander Jonathan Sanchez said. "It's fun to get together for practice, in the bullpen and joke around, have a good time."
One group of players gathered for a card game at a round table, others sat around chatting with reporters or clubhouse attendants. Catcher Buster Posey used a utility tool to work the laces on his glove.
"It's going to be crazy here for the next couple of days," Posey said.