You can’t say you don’t recognize them.

Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes retains the right and maintains the will to find another starting pitcher, but it certainly appears the 2013 version of the local team is a virtual replica of the 2012 version of the local team.

These are your Padres.

That’s for better or worse.

Given last year’s horrific start and incomprehensible succession of injuries, it could hardly be worse. And spring optimism springing eternal as it does, there is reason to believe it’s for the better.

But again, this is when we believe everything.

Honestly, if you ever were offered the chance to live in spring training, take that chance without hesitation. Democrats and Republicans, husbands and wives, cats and dogs … what a wonderful place this world would be if we all lived spring training.