LOOK: MLB Spring Training 2.0 is here, and it’s glorious

Jul 3, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (middle) talks with interim manager Ron Roenicke (left) and outfielder Kevin Pillar during summer workouts at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The long-anticipated start of the 2020 MLB season is now less than three weeks away. Teams, players and fans are super excited about America’s Pastime finally returning amid the growing pandemic.

The sights and sounds of baseball’s return as teams take to their home venues for Spring Training 2.0 is what every sports fan needs. Check out some of the best images and videos from the early stages of the league’s return to action.

Angels star Shohei Ohtani being back on the mound is just great

Ohtani did not pitch at all last season after the two-way player underwent Tommy John Surgery.

Mets get some hitting in at Citi Field

Notice the pitcher wearing a mask? That’s the new normal.

Dodgers show up with masks, too

Clayton Kershaw with a coffee in one hand and ready to get to work. That has to be music to the ears of Dodgers fans the world over. Los Angeles is favored to have MLB’s best record after adding Mookie Betts and David Price this winter.

NL MVP candidate Ronald Acuna Jr. looks ready

One of the best young players in the game, Acuna Jr. hit .280 with 41 homers, 101 RBI, 37 steals and an .883 OPS last season. He’s looking to help Atlanta contend with the Los Angeles in the National League.

Former MVP Andrew McCutchen showing off his moves

“Cutch,” as he is known, missed all but 59 games last season with a torn ACL. He’s already looking darn good this summer. That’s great news for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Yankees are pumped to be back

Having not won a World Series since all the way back in 2009, the Yankees are right up there with the Dodgers as the odds-on favorites this season. Can you tell they are happy to be back?

The sound of bat and baseball in Chicago

There’s really nothing better than hearing the ball off the bat of White Sox slugger Eloy Jimenez. It means baseball is here.

After an off-season of drama, the Red Sox are back at Fenway

One of the most-iconic venues in the sports world, Fenway Park, hosting MLB games this summer is the normalcy we need. For the Red Sox, this comes after a drama-filled past several months.