Enough of all the doom and gloom filling the pages lately. It's time to talk about something positive: baseball is back! A sure sign of spring is always the announcement: pitchers and catchers report. Spring training games begin tomorrow so spring can't be far behind!
I'm a big baseball fan. A few years ago I had Sunday season tickets for the Phillies and greatly enjoyed driving to the Vet or the Park and watching the likes of Pat Burrell do his pregame stretching exercises in front of my section, seeing batting practice, and all nine innings of a superb game. I was there for Kevin Millwood's no hitter and even won a prize on fan appreciation day.
Sadly politics got in the way of my Sunday pastime. Too many campaign events began interfering and I began missing too many games. Spring training is always something looked forward to however and, with it, the promise of a new season. Every team, even the Pirates lately, is tied for first until opening day. If I'm a bit later getting to my blogging once baseball season begins it's because I'm downstairs pouring over the box scores in the morning paper.
So amid all the bad news, the articles about continued violence in Iraq, the lack of progress on so many critical issues, we always have baseball to escape to and forget about our cares for a few hours. Who are you rooting for this year and what are their chances?