It usually begins the first part of March. The weather begins to get warmer and the days just a little bit longer. Spring flowers start to come out of hibernation and the grass begins to get green again. Heated seats and defrosters make way to vents and open sun roofs. Tires are checked and cars are washed all in preparation for what lies ahead. For most people, these preparations are a rite of spring and summer vacations. For me it means getting my car ready for the 8 trips it will make to the various Spring Training venues in Arizona followed by the 83 trips it will make to Chase Field for the final two spring training games and the 81 regular season games. You see the pre-season is not just for the players. Fans and cars need to get into shape too if they hope to handle the grind of a 6 month baseball schedule.

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