Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baseball Season Begins

Baseball season begins this week. For me, this is the unofficial end of winter. It is a bit too chilly here in the north to be playing baseball, but the grass is starting to get green and the days are getting longer. It's time.

There is something special about baseball. It is a game that is both extremely simple and complex at the same time. That probably does not make much sense but it seems that way to me.

The bases are 90 feet apart. Why that distance was picked seems to be a mystery. But the number of split second plays from base to base is amazing. If the bases were farther apart, the defense would have an advantage. If they were closer, the runners would have an edge.

I guess football is more popular with many people but baseball has a special history. Ken Burns did an excellent documentary about it.

I like the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have the longest losing record of any major league team in any sport. If things go as predicted, the Pirates will have their 19th straight losing season this year. However, most people do agree that their stadium, PNC Park, is one of the nicest - if not the nicest - in the major leagues.

Another team I like a lot is the Washington Nationals. I guess I have a thing for perennial losers. I guess you could call them underdogs.

In any event I am looking forward to another season. I am not a die hard fan. I don't know lots of stats and I cannot recite team rosters. I am a casual fan who just enjoys the game in general.

Thanks for stopping by.


Hilary said...

I'm not much of a sports fan but I understand the allure for many. I hope you enjoy the season. It sure does scream summer. I'm a big fan of that!

Cloudia said...

well said.

play BALL!

Aloha to you
from Honolulu!

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Marge said...

Spring means baseball, absolutely! We haven't been up to the Twins' new stadium yet, but that trip is in the plans for this spring. Baseball is more civilized than football, by far!

Jo said...

Baseball is my favourite game. I love playing it and watching it. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a baseball park on a summer evening.

And I don't know about underdogs, but I sure love hot dogs. And cracker jacks. :-)

Small City Scenes said...

I like baseball too. Played in school as a kid and out in the street after school. Played softball as an adult. Never did go to an actual Major League game until a few years ago and boy one sure gets into the spirit when in the stadium.
Seattle Mariners all the way!!!!!