Monday, February 20, 2012

It's Time to...Play Ball!

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training today.  This is one of my favorite days of the year.  It means baseball is just around the corner.  And I love baseball.  I love getting in my car after a long day at work, turning on the radio and listening to the sounds of the national past time.  In those moments I feel content.  Those moments take me right back to my childhood.

I remember my dad listening to games on the radio, and I would listen along.  Sometimes it played while we ate dinner.  Sometimes it played while my dad did yard work.  Sometimes it played while my dad took a nap.  In the beginning I had no idea what was going on, I was too young.  But I knew my dad loved it, so I did too.  Some of my earliest memories are of sitting with my dad and watching the game on TV.  In those days there was only one game a week on TV and it was on Saturday afternoon.  It was especially exciting if the Indians were playing.  That was my dad's team.  Those were the afternoons when I first learned what baseball was all about.  My dad explained the game and answered questions and created a lover of baseball. 

As I got older I continued to love the game and wanted to know everything about it.  I would read the sports page and devour the box scores.  By the time I was in sixth grade I was a baseball aficionado.  I changed my team to the Reds because John Fertman (yes that was his name, and despite it, I still had a crush on him) liked the Reds.  And then I fell in love with Johnny Bench.  I was all about catchers after that.  I became infatuated with my best friends brother, mostly because he was a catcher on our high school baseball team.  He became interested in me through our mutual love of baseball and Johnny Bench.  I eventually married him and now we love the Diamondbacks and Kirk Gibson. 

I love everything about baseball.  The fact that there's no time limit and you play until there's a winner...I LOVE that.  The back and forth strategy of opposing managers, the death stare of a pitcher, that there are as many ways to hit a baseball as there are hitters, the quirkiness of a closer.  I love it all.  So, yes, I am excited for the season to start, and I only have one more thing to say....

Play Ball!!

Quote for the Day:

Baseball is like church.  Many attend, few understand. 

~Leo Durocher~ 


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