Monday, April 6, 2009

Opening Day

Dirt is raked and fresh chalk lines the field. The grass is a checkerboard in the outfield. There is a certain freshness that arises on Opening Day of baseball season. Every team has a chance to make their run at history. New players, new fields...new mortgages to pay for seats to a game.

We settle for the field beside the local elementary school. The dirt's not raked, matter of fact the pitchers mound is a muddy depression. First base pokes out of the grass. If you stomp on second base, as you round for third, muddy water shoots out toward the short stop. It doesn't matter, it's baseball.

Logan chopped a couple hits. When Cole steps to the plate, each hit is a home run, as he will not stop running until he slides into home. Always dramatic. I was pulled in the second inning, for my wife the relief pitcher. I promise I did not intentionally try to hit the batter. The sun is going down, time to head home for dinner. Once more around the bases, just for fun, except Logan who stops on second to stick his finger in the hole to see where the muddy water is coming from.

Ahhh....baseball!

9 comments:

Rob said...

My brother in law posted about opening day as well. http://sbtothe5th.blogspot.com/.

Do you have a favorite baseball team?

Daniel said...

So, what you are saying here is that you are throwing your full support behind Atlanta in the National League and Boston in the American league? Well, what am I saying, this is obvious from your prose. Have a good one. No, make that, have a great one. Peace and blessings.

Mrsupole said...

That is so cute. I loved to play baseball with the boys when I was young. I could hold my own with them. But I think watching little kids play is more fun than watching men play. The little ones put their whole heart into the game and you can see it.

I love to watch them play baseball.

Glad you all had a fun day.

God bless.

Brian Miller said...

@rob...nice, will check him out today. I am an Arizona fan in baseball. not expecting much from them this year, so maybe i will be surprised.

@daniel...one thing you can say, they both have great parks. like the nostaglia better than the $300 a ticket new Yankee stadium...

Scott Burggraf said...

No matter where it is or who is playing it, there is nothing quite like the game of baseball.

Baino said...

Ha! A little different to our baseball. Adam used to play on Saturdays through the summer (most kids play Saturday sports here). Searing heat ..dustbowl diamonds. I was quite relieved when he opted for winter sports instead!

Megan said...

At least you're not a Red Sox fan.

I went to two softball games yesterday!

Brian Miller said...

@megan...too true. Dbacks won today!

@baino...dustbowl diamonds, lol...at least you could watch the little whirlwinds dance across the field. as if the kids did not need another distraction.

Ronda Laveen said...

"...did not intentionally try to hit the batter." Sounds defensive to me. I love opening day. My cousin, who was 10 years older than I, played pro ball for a number of years. I loved going to his games, listenting on radio (transistor or car, no less) and following him in newsprint. I played softball. Learned to curse like a trucker. A great and fun habit I needed intervention to stem. Although I abstain, I admire an abandonded streak of four letter dirties now and then.

Happy Opening Day!