Around this time of the winter, many a Sudbury resident will turn a wistful eye down Florida way.
One can hardly blame the members of the three Sudbury Voyageurs' baseball teams to be glancing to the far south more than most.
With Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps winding down to their final two to three weeks, ball prospects in these parts remain very much up in the air.
There is hope, to be sure.
With all three teams prepared to enter the PBLO (Provincial Baseball League of Ontario) this summer, one need not look further than to a series of friendlies that took place in September and October to know that the sport can be played in the midst of a pandemic.
Mind you, at that particular point in time, Sudbury was a long way from being recognized as a provincial hot-spot.
Still, there remains a good six weeks before the Voyageurs and their opponents would even hit the field, so a little bit of finger crossing is still very much in order.
Should PBLO action come to be, following are the lads who will represent the Voyageurs with pride and excitement:
18U Voyageurs: Caleb Cain-Plante, Clint Corbett, Brandon Cormier, Braeden Dube, Carter Gallivan, Cole Goudreau, Carson Harvey, Yanick Loiselle, Alexander McNiven, Ryan Michaud, Josh Blake, Matthew Obradovich, Braedan Pakkala, Scott Rienguette, Malcolm Robere-McGugan, Gavin Roy, Anthony Signorile, Josh McNeil and Liam Socransky.
16U Voyageurs: William Arsenault, Martin Audette, Cameron Bauer, Karsen Chartier, Alex Frawley, Cody Jalbert, Ryan Lacasse, Justin Lancup, Noah Leveille, Liam McNiven, Cole McPhee, Ethan Morris, Nicholas Signorile, Vaughn Thomson and Caleb Deschamps.
14U Voyageurs: Maxwell Arnold, Felix Aubin, Colton Audette, Callum Baron, Nicolas Dalcourt, Justin Dandeneau, A.J. Dubeau, Hudson Fletcher, Mathieu Lacasse, Gabriel Larocque, Devan Madore, Ethan Oliver, Braiden Paul, Owen Perron, Noah Portelance and Ryan Spencer.