As some of you may already know, I moved from southern California to Hoth about 10 years ago. And every year since I relocated, I've hated this time of year. This should be the time of celebration and renewal for us baseball fans; reports from spring training, pictures of sun-drenched fields, and batting practice. I woke up this morning to a dusting of snow and an expected high of 13 degrees (the over-night low was -4), so when Halos Heaven's favorite spring-training photographer, Rex Fregosi, posts photos from Arizona, I get grumpy. Not because he's posted the photos, but because the planet I live on is in the dark from October to April. Oh well, here's your Halolinks:

I think I'm going to like this guy. Josh Hamilton is speaking his mind about his former team's town. However, Texas is a state, right?: Spring trash talk: Josh Hamilton says Dallas-Fort Worth not a ‘true baseball town’ - Yahoo! Sports. "Hamilton's comments stem from getting booed by Rangers fans at the end of his Texas tenure — that includes when he struck out twice and went 0-for-4 in the American League wild-card game in 2012, his last game with the Rangers. Does Hamilton have a point? Probably. Especially when the football team in question is the Dallas Cowboys, who, let's face it, would trump almost any baseball team." Of course they're going to respond: Rangers respond to Hamilton's comments - Fox Sports SW. "I'm not answering anything that Josh said," (Rangers' manager) Washington said. "That's Josh. Josh is an Anaheim Angel. That's Josh's opinion." Oh brother. "Anaheim" Angel? Sure, I like that name too, but come on. Should we call them the Arlington Rangers?