By now you've surely read the article about Jeff Francoeur's off season. How he had a "terrible" year last year. How he worked hard this winter. How he's talking comeback. The blog-approved reaction is snark, snark and more snark. With a side of snark. Yet I can't do it. Spring is about renewal and optimism. Yada, yada, yada... But there's a measure of truth to my cliche. If spring didn't exist, we would have abandoned this team a long, long time ago. Seriously, what would be the point? Even the most jaded of us hold a tiny sliver of optimism. You have to. Otherwise you would root for the Yankees.