At the close of every baseball season, I take some time to brace for the upcoming winter weather. Like most people, I can’t stand winter weather. I hate it. Despise it. Having grown up in Rochester and attended school in Cleveland, it’s safe to say that I’ve dealt with more than enough New York and Ohio winters.
For months on end, the snow pours down from above while the wind blows harshly into your face. During each and every winter day, I’m left shivering and hoping – hoping for warm weather to return as soon as possible; hoping for the sun to beat down on me again. Most of all, I’m hoping for baseball season to return.
At least half a dozen times before, I’ve sat down at a computer, and I’ve done exactly as I’m doing now: writing a column welcoming back baseball season. Yet no matter how many times I write these words, it never gets old: Welcome back, baseball season.
I know, I know. There’s still snow on the ground in most parts of the country. And while basketball and hockey are currently in mid-season form, you can rest assured that baseball season is slowly making its push back towards relevance.
MLB Spring Training games officially began this past weekend. College baseball teams have already begun their regular season campaigns as well. All across the country, at varying levels of competition, baseball teams are kicking the icicles off their cleats and stepping back out onto the diamond. It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
This is the time of year where we slowly, but surely, transcend from frigid, bitter weather towards the early spring season. After the early spring weather comes the peak of mid-summer weather. Just like that, before you even know it, it’s suddenly the middle of July, and baseball season is in full swing. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Slowly the temperatures will rise, and just as the weather continues to improve, so will the mood of the average individual. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d like to think there’s a correlation between baseball season returning and people generally being happier.
So if I’m asking one thing of you, it’s this: Embrace the weather. Embrace the fact that you can soon go outside again without dreading it. And most of all, embrace the fact that baseball season is officially back in action. In our neck of the woods, we certainly don’t see the sun enough. So embrace the transition from later winter, to early spring to mid-summer, because soon enough, baseball season will have passed by again, and we’ll be left bracing for the cold.
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