Yay! We went to our first baseball game of the year. Last winter when we were in Florida, the home of the “Grapefruit League”, we were keenly aware of the happenings in baseball. Spring Training is a big deal in Florida and there is a lot of media coverage about it which tends to build your enthusiasm. We went to a couple Spring Training games and were following the daily reports on our Detroit Tigers in the online versions of the Detroit newspapers. We were ready and excited for the regular season and were closely following results and standings. This year while wintering in Texas, there seemed to be a dearth of Spring Training coverage. We didn’t know what was happening at all. Spring Training is a rite of Spring and a signal that winter is passing into spring and we missed it. We haven’t been following the regular season nearly as closely as well. And we are looking forward to wintering in Arizona next winter where the “Cactus League” of Spring Training occurs.
But our lack of a Spring Training fix is not going to keep us from seeking out some games as we travel about this year. This week we saw our first game of the season here in Albuquerque at the home of the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Class AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The home team won big and we sang a loud rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballpark” during the seventh inning stretch.
It’s time to PLAY BALL!