At long last… Major League Baseball is back! I’m so excited for the 2015 season… I’ve waited since October through a long and cold Minnesota winter to have my beloved baseball back.
I adore baseball on so many levels – the fast to slow and back again drama of each game, the chess-like strategies MLB’s top managers employ, the watching of the standings, to the individual player stories.
Most of all though, I love going to the ballpark. There are 30 fantastic baseball stadiums around the country, each with their own unique flavor that complements the game known as America’s Pastime. There’s no feeling like getting your ticket at the booth, knowing that you get to watch some of the world’s best athletes perform right in front of you, while you get to be a supportive observer – complete with ballpark hot dog, cheese curds, and beer(s) in hand.
Yes, time to soak up the sun, breathe in the fresh, clean air, kick back in your favorite box seat or bleacher bench, and cheer on your favorite team. If you can swing the cash, try to get as close to the field as you can – it just makes the experience more involving if you can see the expressions on the player’s faces as they run in from the field to the dugout after a defensive stop. Or what they shout to each other in encouragement when the team needs a big play.
There are lots of things to be excited about with a new season. It’s kind of like watching 30 separate reality tv shows that stretch out over the summer. This year will be particularly interesting, since lots of teams have made significant changes over the offseason. Some teams overhauled half their lineup in the span of a week like the Padres. They made their point that they are in it to win it.
Last year had some surprises, and I was not alone in not expecting the Royals to get to the World Series, let alone take the mighty San Francisco Giants to a Game 7. But their relievers were solid and held the Giant bats at bay. Pitching can make or break a team, as we know. Will this year’s Royals team get better or worse? Who will be this year’s surprise team?
Watch for my upcoming 2015 prediction list in the coming days. For now, let’s PLAY BALL!!! 🙂
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It’s an exciting time of year for all baseball fans – OPENING DAY is here at last! I love other sports but there’s nothing like baseball season. Sure, other sports are nice but there’s no game like America’s Pastime. No other game has the same feel and energy of a ballgame at the park: the roller coaster of intensity of a bottom-of-the-ninth rally with runners on base, to the relaxed lull of a 4th inning pitcher’s duel in the hot sun on a Sunday afternoon.
Like any sport, this is the time of year with the most hope – Spring training is over and we can see what we’ve got this season. Now it’s hope that the younger guys develop, the pitching staff stays healthy and strong, and the bats connect for base hits.
Last Summer I went to several games up here in Minnesota. The Twins kind of stunk last year but we’ll see how things work out this year. Now with one of favorite all time players as manager, Paul Molitor, they’ve got a fighting chance. Still they are lacking in talent but hopefully what they are missing in that department is made up with heart and inspiration. Molly is one of baseball’s good guys, in my opinion, and it’ll be great to see him in the dugout at the helm.
This change motivates me to attend several games this month alone. I don’t recall opening day being this late in the year, though, but maybe it’s because it’s supposed to be first Monday in April. Anyway, I’ll be watching to see the Twins crawl out of the gutter.
Speaking of gutter, my Diamondbacks have some work to do. Yeah, they still have Paul Goldschmidt, runner-up MVP, but the D-back’s record last year was just 81-81. Yawn. They’ve got some young talent but it looks like they’re not going to rush anyone into the lineup as several new recruits have been shipped to AAA.
Just a few more hours til Opening Day!