Welcome back! MLB openers bring stars, hope and crowds

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani smiles as he warms up before a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, March 29, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. celebrates his solo home run during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, March 12, 2021, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • A worker cleans seats to prepare Coors Field for the return of fans in the era of the coronavirus during a news conference Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the stadium in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Great to see ya, Buster Posey. Been a while, Tony La Russa. Good luck, Madison Bumgarner and every other National League pitcher toting a bat.