The grapefruit conjures images of a lazy breakfast on the veranda, a refreshing beginning to a day on the boat or maybe at the beach. A cactus is as soothing as athletes foot. A porcupine on a stick.
There is nothing more misleading than the Grapefruit and Cactus league labels.
As players, managers and major league executives have come to know, Arizona is more conducive in preparing for a major league season than Florida. And unless you are big on humidity and travel bingo, it is not even close.
A huge difference, said former major leaguer Luis Gonzalez, who has lived through both.
Gonzalez, who works in Arizonas front office, spring-ed -- sprang? -- in Florida in his early playing years with the Houston organization before spending the latter part of his career training in Arizona with the Chicago Cubs and the Diamondbacks.
"The weather is always nice. The accommodations alone. The travel factor ... and Im a Florida boy. I grew up in Tampa. It is hard to talk bad about it. In...