Today is Monday. It’s March 31, 2014. Most importantly, though, it is the Opening Day of the 2014 Major League Baseball Season. Today is a day I’ve been waiting for since October. I couldn’t be more excited about the fact that baseball is back!
I don’t know that I’m the biggest sports fan. I like watching football and can get pretty involved in a Dallas Cowboys game. I can’t stand basketball (hated it even when I played it). But baseball. Baseball is another story entirely. I have a deep and abiding love of baseball. I could spend all day every day at the ballpark watching games – and it doesn’t even really matter what level we’re talking about. I’d be almost as happy watching little league or high school as I would MLB.
But if we’re talking about Major League Baseball, then my team is the Kansas City Royals. I grew up in Southwest Missouri, and while most folks in that region of the country are St. Louis Cardinal fans, the Royals won the Word Series when I was just old enough to begin to really love the sport. I suppose if the Cards had won that year, I’d be a Cardinals fan, but they didn’t so I’m not.
I have very vivid memories of watching the 1985 series with my Grandpa Conrad. We didn’t watch a lot of television back in the day – Grandpa worked for Zenith and was about sick of television when he get home from work – but baseball, we could watch baseball, and Grandpa enjoyed the games.
Outside of that 1985 World Series, Grandpa and I liked to listen to the games on the radio. There was a little AM/FM radio on the front porch, and we would sit out on the porch or in the yard listening to games. Grandpa would be in his webbed lawn chair or a metal rocking chair, a Miller High Life in one hand and a cigarette in the other (I can’t remember the brand now).
To be honest, I still prefer listening to games. Sweet Husband tells me every year that we can get the MLB package from DirecTV because that’s really the only way I’m every going to see televised Royals games. The problem is that I can’t justify paying that much for watching a few games here and there. However, I can justify paying $19.99 for the MLB.com At Bat app so I can listen to all the games I want. I’m in the process now of downloading the 2014 updated app. I cannot wait to have everything at my fingertips.
The only sad thing about today is that the Royals dropped the season opener. I was so hopeful – going into the 7th, we brought in a reliever who doesn’t have the greatest reputation and promptly gave up 3 runs to put the Tigers up for good. I know that there are 162 games in a season and that there’s a reason why we play for such a long season. We’ll come back and win some more. We’ll even win against the hated Tigers. It would have been nice, though, to win the season opener, and I’m disappointed that we were making the same sorts of mistakes that have kept us from being successful for so many forsaken years.
Are you a baseball fan? If you are, who’s your team and how’d they do today?