It’s springtime! (Sorta, in other parts of the country.) And while spring means a lot of things to a lot of people, I can’t ever get there without thinking about the start of the baseball season.
The start of every major sports season is exciting, because fans haven’t been able to watch it in awhile. But nothing quite stacks up to the way Major League Baseball gets going.
Perhaps because it has spring, warm weather and green grass coinciding with it, but when the season starts, it always seems to be sunny (maybe not warm yet) and the perfect time to be playing.
Plus, even if baseball isn’t my favorite sport, it still is fascinating to watch. The way a team moves around the infield when a ball is put in play, to cut off or back up a throw, is some of the coolest stuff that happens in sports. Not to mention the awesome sound that comes with hitting a pitch on the screws and sending it deep.
A new season always is associated with hope, but baseball’s Opening Day is the ultimate in hope. In baseball more than any other sport, you can win at any given moment. In basketball or football, if your team is down 30 in the fourth quarter, it’s not happening. But without a time limit in baseball, a team can trail by as many as it wants and still come out on top in the end.
That ability to win out of nowhere is one of the things that makes baseball, especially at the start of the year, exciting. On the other hand, it fills you with a sense of dread when the opposing team starts a rally.
It’s not the pros, whipping in 90 mile-per-hour fastballs, but there’s some baseball being playing in Moffat County, too. There isn’t the dominating pitchers or the batters smashing the ball 400 feet every time they’re at the plate, but the Bulldogs play the game well. Even if the wind has been gusting like crazy and the sun only has peaked out for short intervals during the team’s games so far, the product on the field is great.
The weather is going to turn soon, and I can’t recommend coming out and watching the Bulldogs enough. They play a fundamentally sound game and have a lot of young players who are only going to get better as they adjust to the high school game.
Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the spring weather (when it actually does get here). What could be better?
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.