The Short Porch: It’s Spring Somewhere

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
– Roger Hornsby

It’s been a long four months since the Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games of the 2017 World Series.  Christmas came and went, leaving me broke. I’ve been indoors so much that my skin is pale. I look like a Twilight Vampire whenever I step outside, SPF900 couldn’t even tame the sun for me.  The Super Bowl happened, and Mike Trout’s Eagles were victorious.  NBA is just a waiting game for the Cavs vs Warriors Finals, because you know that hasn’t been done before.

What is there to look forward to? Summer is still months away and the groundhog saw his shadow this year so I’m ready for six more weeks of this winter.  But it’s Spring in Arizona and Florida, and an old friend is emerging from hibernation to once again bring happiness and joy to the masses.

Florida and Arizona currently have the most hyped games of catch you’ll see this year.  Baseball games will resume next week, and we’ll get to see the new additions and new super teams in action.  Will the Yankees hit everything out of the park? Will Yu Darvish continue his strategy of telling batters what he is about to throw? Will Ohtani be as good as advertised?  Will the TB12 method transfer greatness from Brady to Hanley Ramirez? Will Bryce Harper reach 1000 hair flips this year, and what kind of conditioner does he use? What happens next in Miami?  Jeter buys the Marlins and guts the team, sending a proven star to the Yankees for unknown prospects. What’ll he do next? I guess its true when they say once a Yankee always a Yankee.  Is this the year the Mariners make it to the playoffs ending the longest playoff drought by a team in ANY sport?

With the regular season scheduled to open in late March we have a lot of time to speculate and dream.  Every fan believes this year is the year their team wins the World Series and they all have their own ideas about why and to whom the success should fall.  The few teams that will be out by the second week of the season – I’m looking at you Marlins and Padres – will sell this season as “the one before the break out.”  The season where you can come see the next generation of superstars before they become household names. The bulk of the teams will fall short of their goals this year and maybe changing direction.

Whatever the outcome of the season will be, remember: We are at the beginning. Slow down, relax, grab a picnic blanket, and take your kids to the ball field to enjoy the sights and sounds of the most beautiful game on the planet.

 

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