Let's Play Ball

Boston Red Sox's Ivan Ochoa kicks up chalk as he reaches home plate while sliding ahead the tag of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Dioner Navarro in the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Sunday, March 8, 2009. The Red Sox beat the Rays 8-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
AP Photo/Charles Krupa
Baseball season has finally started. A number of games will be rained or snowed out today. It happens sometimes.

Eventually the grind of April - you can just feel the sting of the bat in your hands - will give way to warmer weather and the rhythm of the season. Streaks - good and bad. Crescendos. When a team really goes on a tear. And slumps. The doldrums from which there is no relief and seemingly no answer.

Just knowing a game is on improves my life. Late at night when work is done, when it might be time to open a beer it's good to watch a few innings. I don't live or die with the home team, but it sure informs my days.

When they are playing well and I glance through the box score in the morning my day is off to a good start. When they struggle, I struggle. And at this point in the year who's to know whats going to happen. Every team will win about a third of their games and every team will lose a third. Leaving the other third up for grabs.
By Harry Smith