Wings Hold 1st Practice... In Parking Lot

- The Red Wings held their annual first practice in the shadow of the Kodak tower on Tuesday. 

However, it was in the Frontier Field parking lot. The field looks more ready for bayou than baseball, but the Wings say they will do whatever it takes to be ready for Opening Day. 

"We have the advantage where we can turn on the lights if we have to," said Red Wings GM Dan Mason. "It wouldn't be the first time we pulled an all-nighter. If that's what we have to do to get it ready for Saturday at 2:05pm, then that's what we'll do. But, we don't anticipate having to be here all night."

The Wings are coming off a magical season that started with a 2-11 stretch, but the team caught fire in June and ran all the way to the playoffs. The players say chemistry was a big factor and with 13 guys back from last season, it's something the Wings think they can re-create. 

"As the team got along and started getting to know each other a little better, I think we started playing better," said infielder Eric Farris, who many Wings say is the life of the locker room. "This year, being a little more acclimated with each other, I think we're going to be able to get off to a better start."

"A lot of the team sayings and that kind of thing just carried over to spring training. We just clicked even though we had five months apart from each other," said second baseman James Beresford. "Once we got back as a big group, it kind of stuck."

"That's the hardest thing to find in minor league baseball when everyone is trying to get to the top," said catcher Dan Rohlfing. "For us to all enjoy the moment and be here together, it's something all these guys can understand. We understand the more enjoyable it's going to be in the clubhouse, the better our results are going to be on the field."

It doesn't take much time with the Wings to discover this is a group of good guys who really like spending time together. Manager Gene Glynn referenced an old baseball saying when talking about the makeup of his team. "If you're a better man than you are a baseball player, you're going to have a pretty good team." 

If that's true, these Red Wings should be great. 

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