Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hurry Up, Spring
My eyes may be looking out the window at gray skies, but my heart is in Florida and Arizona, where men are mowing the practice fields and putting down chalk foul lines, while others are sorting out hundreds of uniforms, many of them with names on the back that we'll never see in Big League box scores. That's right. It's just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, to be followed soon after by the rest of the players.
Baseball is my favorite sport, not just because I played and coached it for years, but because the start of the season coincides with spring. It's a time of new beginnings. New Year's may be when people make resolutions (most of which have the life expectancy of a chocolate chip cookie), but spring--specifically, the opening of baseball Spring Training--is a time when every team gets a fresh start. There are no winners and losers yet. Hope springs eternal. And that's why I say, "Hurry up, spring."
How do you feel about spring? Ready for it? Don't want winter to end? Let's hear your thoughts.