February 8, 2004

There’s a long fly, it’s gonna be, I believe…

Filed under: Game of Base — tomemos @ 1:50 am

I really, really can’t wait for baseball to start.

I guess this happens to me to some extent every year, but it feels much, much stronger this year, and happening much earlier. Spring Training hasn’t even started yet (one week!), and yet I’m checking every day and talking with other grad students about trades and Vladimir Guerrero and salary arbitration. I don’t know if it’s that I have digital cable and can finally watch games whenever I want, or if it’s that there’s less to do around here, or what, but I’m having spring fever in February and it’s freaking me out.

I just started watching the PBS Baseball documentary, and I grin like a kid through the whole thing. (Side note: did you know that the curve ball was initially banned in official baseball games?) Ken Burns notwithstanding, I don’t know if there’s something ineffable about baseball that makes it more special than all other sports, or if this is just a normal psychological/physiological reaction to sports fandom. Whatever, I just keep picturing coming out through the tunnel, and there’s the field, with a dirt quarter-circle and bases ninety feet apart.

More of this later. Especially in April.

“Here come the Giants, in the bottom of the first inning…”



  1. I wouldn’t say there was something about baseball that made it more special than other sports. Maybe you just like it better because you’re from an area with a better (?) team. Or maybe because you’re a nerd.

    Comment by kindle — February 8, 2004 @ 10:04 am

  2. I am right there with you. Patty and I went to this pizza place the other night here in Durham and there was Durham Bulls (as in Bull Durham) ephemera all over the walls and I just stared at this one poster of the field the whole time. The baseball diamond is a beautiful thing.

    I’m NOT looking forward to another season bearing the pain of not living in the Bay Area and therefore not being able to watch (nearly) every game on TV. We’ll see how long I can hold out.

    Is spring training really in one week? Everything I can find says it starts in early March.

    Comment by drew — February 8, 2004 @ 12:11 pm

  3. I’m not sure really what it is about baseball, but it sure has cast its spell over me. I feel the same way, Tom – this year, the wait is harder than ever. This year is shaping up to be quiiiiiite interesting.
    For the record, since Tom is a true fan, he would be baseball-avid even if the giants (slash A’s, sort of) began to falter. That I know.
    Tom and Drew are also prime examples that you don’t have to have been a baseball player to love the game. Atta boys.

    Comment by Bret — February 9, 2004 @ 9:04 am

  4. don’t worry. there is a cure. researchers are working on it now. fundraisers are beeing held. you’re addicted and the sooner you admit it the sooner you can get better. its ok. we’re here for you.

    Comment by ariela — February 12, 2004 @ 8:45 am

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