Spring has sprung, bring on baseball

Apr. 03, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

We’ve all waited patiently. We’ve dealt with frigid nights where baseball games were unwatchable unless you had long sleeves, a hoodie, a couple blankets and maybe even a heater of sorts. But finally, we can put away the hand-warmers and wool socks and enjoy baseball season the way it was meant to be.

Now I’m aware that today and Thursday won’t be beautiful baseball days, but no one can argue that Monday wasn’t the perfect day to kick-off a local tournament in conjunction with Opening Day of Major League Baseball.

For days I eyed the Monday forecast salivating over the thought of a high temperature in the low to mid-70s. I usually Monday’s off but I couldn’t resist spending a warm, sunny day at McNair Field watching high-quality high school baseball. So like a kid on Christmas morning, I hopped out of bed in the morning, threw on my khakis and button-up and topped it all off with my favorite Yankees hat hoping it would bring good luck to an injury-riddled team in desperate need of any help I could provide.

I left the sport coat behind in hopes of a casual day at the ballpark where an extra layer was unnecessary.

I had an extra pep in my step as I went to the garage. It was the first real top-down day for my new car, a red 1988 BMW 325i convertible. Nothing could dampen my mood.

I cruised into work, ate a solid lunch, prepared my materials for the day and headed over to McNair Field.

The day didn’t disappoint as I watched the East Rutherford JV team shock everyone and play their way into a second round matchup against the varsity Cavaliers tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Days like Monday and Tuesday remind me of why baseball is as timeless as it is. There isn’t much better than a day at the ballpark watching good ol’ boys play the game they love for two hours and want nothing more than to play again.

If anything, it’s a tease for the remainder of the 2013 season that I can’t wait to be a part of. And if you love the beautiful game and the players in this county, I expect to see you at the field alongside me. So bring on the mild temperatures and concession stand snacks because I’m excited and ready for the next 3-4 months of hardball.