Opening Day

Roger Angell, “Agincourt and After,” Five Seasons:

“It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitive as a professional sports team, and the amused superiority and icy scorn that the non-fan directs at the sports nut (I know this look — I know it by heart) is understandable and almost unanswerable. Almost. What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring — caring deeply and passionately, really caring — which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. And so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. Naivete — the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the haphazardous flight of a distant ball — seems a small price to pay for such a gift.”

On This Day In History-1948 At Ebbets Field No. 2, the Dodgers play their first exhibition game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, which will remain the team’s home for 61 years. Amidst much fanfare, including Governor Millard Caldwell throwing the ceremonial first pitch, Jackie Robinson homers in the first inning as Brooklyn beats its top farm club, the Montreal Royals, 5-4.

 

Today is the first day of the 2011 Major League Baseball season and the first day of my long over due baseball blog.  I thought I would start with my favorite quote by Roger Angell, my favorite author.  I feel that this quote pertains to all sports.  I recently rediscovered baseball in teaching my son about the game.  Few things in life transcend time like sports, music and cars are two others for me personally.  The sights, sounds and smells invoke so many memories that for the few hours nothing else in life matters other than the success of our team.

So today on this first day of major league play let’s not just look forward to an exciting race but look back to the path that brought us here.  That first game we went to or watched on T.V. and the very important people who passed on to us the love of the game.

Thanks for checking out my blog please bare with me as I figure out how to make it better.

Shawn

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