Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hurry Up, Spring

Texas weather has been as unpredictable as ever this winter, with snow at Christmas, a temperature of 80 degrees last week, and rain that always seems to come on the days of my scheduled golf game. But then again, that's pretty much the story of our weather in this part of the country.

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.


Anne Mateer said...

Yes and no. I need one more snuggle-down-in-front-of-the-fire cold front before I'm ready to say good-bye to winter, especially since with winter's end comes our end to years of watching our kids play basketball. OF course there will be baseball season, too, but spring means the end of my last child's high school years. Everything is changing so quickly!

Then again, spring will mean a great trip--just me, my husband, and that said senior son--to Surprise, AZ to see the TX Rangers in spring training! It's a trip of a lifetime for hubby and son. They have long dreamed of this. So yes, I'm ready for warm weather and a great trip. I'm not sure I'm ready for graduation!

Richard Mabry said...

Anne, I hope you all enjoy the trip to Surprise and spring training as much as Kay and I enjoyed ours. Just another reason I'm ready for spring--probably not going this year, but you never know.
Thanks for your comment, and blessings on your own writing journey.

Ramona Richards said...

My baseball friend and I are getting a jump on it this year by having a "61*" viewing party tonight. To get to spring training would be a dream. We have a great minor league team here, and I'm looking forward to the games this year.

Richard Mabry said...

Ramona, forgive my ignorance. What's a "61" viewing party? Sounds interesting.
Good luck to the Nashville Sounds. (Since they're a farm team of the Reds, who are in the National League, I don't suppose there's any rivalry with the Texas Rangers).

Ramona Richards said...

We're just getting together to watch the movie 61*, about the 1961 Mantle/Maris competition to break Babe Ruth's homerun record. Puts us in a baseball mood. Of course, now I'll have to keep an eye on what the Rangers do this year.

Ramona Richards said...

Oh...PS: The Sounds are the farm team for the Brewers. Just checked the schedule, and we have a number of games against the Round Rock Express. (I'll stop now. I need to be editing!)