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Sunday’s Best: The boys of summer are back for spring

Baseball photography is so enjoyable to me because it’s never just about baseball when I shoot.

Felipe Rivero teases Edgar Santana about his Instagram account after a quick workout. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. — Baseball photography is so enjoyable to me because it’s never just about baseball when I shoot. During the season, I work from beside the Pirates’ dugout so I can shoot the interaction, even though it gives me a slightly worse look at the infield than the visitors’ side would.

It’s the banter and the jokes I enjoy. The portraits and the moments. These guys play 162 games together on the field which means they spend countless moments waiting for at-bats in the dugout together, killing time in hotel rooms. They simply spend much less time apart than they do together.

So, when the boys of summer return for spring, they’re returning from the longest absence from their brothers. This, of course, means that players keep in touch in different ways when apart. Instagram, of course, is a great example of how that’s easier now than it was in the past.

Up above is a photograph of Felipe Rivero, but it’s also the culmination of spending time apart, keeping tabs on Instagram/social media and simply having fun at the expense of your brothers. You see, Edgar Santana uses Instagram to post photos of himself looking his best, and it seems Rivero made a note to bring it up. In that photograph, Rivero is fixing his eyebrows while joking with Santana about the number of images he’s posted of, well, himself.

Santana’s reaction just below leads off the rest of the images from the first day of our spring training coverage. Have a look at those, and be sure to check back for continued photo coverage from Pirate City.

Edgar Santana laughs at the expense of Felipe Rivero’s jokes. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Francisco Cervelli and Felipe Rivero stretch before tossing to each other to kick off their time in Bradenton. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tyler Glasnow puts on a smile as he hits the field. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Francisco Cervelli catches the camera while loading up for a throw. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Steven Brault shows off the color added to his left forearm as he takes the field. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Trevor Williams sports his ‘K Cancer’ shirt in honor of rotation-mate Jamison Taillon. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Felipe Rivero prepares to throw from center field. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Newcomer Colin Moran looks at the pitchers and catchers tossing in the field as he heads into the batting cages. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Edgar Santana tosses amidst the Bradenton scenery. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Joe Musgrove, acquired in the Gerrit Cole trade, talks about how the World Series balls felt different to his new teammates. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Josh Bell strips the batting glove off his hand as he finishes up in the cage. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tyler Glasnow wipes the sweat from his eyes as he finishes his workout. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Kevin Newman flips a ball to fellow shortstop prospect Cole Tucker. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Ivan Nova walks to the field for a post-physical workout. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Bats and cleats, ready for another day at Pirate City. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS