Here it is late Winter 2017 and I am thinking about baseball. The Super Bowl is over and the NBA season is slowly grinding to completion. Spring Training has begun and my thoughts are turning to baseball. I am sure that Chicago Cubs fans are still basking in the afterglow of winning The World Series. I am happy for them, it is a great feeling
My team, the New York Yankees, has not won The World Series since 2009. Overall the team has played just okay baseball over the last few seasons. Despite that I miss baseball. I miss baseball talk on sports talk radio. I miss checking box scores and team standings every day. I miss watching the day’s highlights and top ten plays. I miss baseball period, it is the one sport that I love.
I must confess. I really did not follow the Yankees very much last season. After Derek Jeter retired in 2014 the team felt so very different. It did not feel like my team anymore. There were still a lot of familiar names and faces. But there also seemed to be as many new names and faces. And for the first time in a long time I could not always put the name to a face. My struggling team were strangers to me.
As the new season approaches I am finding myself getting excited for my team again. I do not know a lot of the names and faces, but I am excited to get to know them. I am eager to see what this new and mostly young team can do this year and the next year and so on.
As Winter 2017 prepares to turn into Spring I grow more and more excited. The early goings of Spring Training bring new hopes and new opportunities. The start of the 2017 season is weeks away. Regardless of what teams win this year, except for the hated Boston Red Sox, I know that it will be a good season. It will be even better if my team is in the heat of a pennant race in September. What an exciting time for a baseball fan. Let’s Play Ball!!!!!