Spring training is finally upon us. Finally after five and a half months of no baseball it is back. Back are the boys of summer, fans to the ballparks, warmer weather is coming back and most of all hope. Hope that every team holds of making it to the post season and advancing to and hopefully winning the World Series.
I have many fond memories of spring and the baseball that it brings back every year. I grew up in the city of Lakeland, Florida. Spring training home of the Detroit Tigers dating back to the early part of the 20th century. And I am and always have been a die hard Marlins fan, but I hold a place for the Tigers in my heart.
I would attend many games every year with my father friends and by myself. I would even head to the ballpark early on Saturday and Sunday morning to get autographs and meet with the players as they would head into the club house. I remember being in awe of players like Tony Clark, Juan Gonzalez and Brandon Inge just to name a few.
There was nothing better than sitting in the uncovered bleacher seats in the hot central Florida sun and watching live baseball. Many people that I know think baseball is boring and unwatchable. I find it to be incredible to watch, especially when it is in person. I have always loved the strategy and the unpredictability of the game.
As I have grown old and moved away from my home city. I still am in love with spring training and my hometown team, well at least they are for two months of the year. I am really amped up for the season this year. As the years go by I find myself getting more and more interested with each passing year. I only hope that those of you reading can feel half the excitement I feel about this season coming up. If you do I believe you as well as I are going to Have a great summer!