Spring is rapidly approaching and that can only mean one thing for fans of America’s pastime, Spring Training! As of February 11, pitchers and catchers have reported to their respective cities in Florida and Arizona, broke out the gloves and have started loosening up on the back field of their ever-growing preseason complexes. What is in it for the fans? The casual baseball fans wonder why anyone would want to watch practice, but the die hard baseball fanatics have been itching to see their favorite players back on the diamond since they stepped off four months ago.
What is it about baseball fans that make them different from all other sports fans? Why do they love the game so much? Why do they start a countdown to spring training and not look forward to football or hockey during their off-season?
Baseball is a unique love; it’s hard to be a baseball fan, but baseball fans are passionate. If you have ever been to a major league game at one of the “classic” teams that have been around for almost 100 years, you will know why. Baseball is a family tradition. The reason I am a Red Sox fan is because my dad was and he is a Red Sox fan, because his father was and I assume it goes further back than that. Families who are split makes no sense…how does that happen? How did you make the decision to stray from the tradition? I am a traditional person and maybe that is why I am such a huge baseball fan.
Baseball is very different from the three other major sports and that’s what makes it so wonderful. There is no time limit in baseball and the way to tell if someone is a true baseball fan is if they want a game to continue for hours on end. Last season, former Baseball Prospectus writer Kevin Goldstein introduced #WeirdBaseball to the Twitter world and I took it under my wing to set some rules for the term.
A Game is officially Weird Baseball when it is still being played after midnight at the site of the game. The game enters “Ice Cream Time” when it hits the 18th inning (two games for the price of one).
Baseball writers are some of the strangest in the business and that’s what makes the season so great. They are just getting back into the “swing of things” too.
We have all been waiting for the day pitchers and catchers report and it’s finally here. The snow in the northeast just needs to melt and we will all be looking for someone to have a catch with. The pros are getting ready, why can’t we?