Two factors played into Nolan Arenado's decision to arrive in Jupiter, Fla., a week before the remainder of position players did on Monday. The first was sleep adjustment; the California native needed to acquaint himself with the three-hour time jump, which will only be made easier by one hour when he moves to St. Louis in April.
The second was more logistical: Finding his way around a new Spring Training home, meeting people he needed to meet and getting a head start on his career as a Cardinal.
Though Monday was the official start of Arenado’s time in a Cards uniform -- the first full-squad workout day of Spring Training -- it came with an established comfort. The red worked well in place of purple, and the pullover -- and pants -- fit snug.
“Felt good to be out there with the team,” Arenado said, “putting pants on again.”
There were still some natural quirks, changes endured by anyone moving jobs. After 12 years in the Rockies’ organization, Arenado all of a sudden finds a new face next to his locker stall (which, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, belongs to Yadier Molina.) He has icebreaker questions to ask and answers to share of himself: family, where he’s from, interests and hobbies.