On Signs of Spring

Sunday afternoon my sister phoned me up. “What are you doing?” she wanted to know.

“I’m listening to a baseball game on the radio. Spring training. The Nationals and the Orioles.”

“There’s baseball already?”

Yup, there’s baseball already.

To my chagrin, there’s little coverage of spring training in the local newspapers. The free daily, the Examiner, runs a page of Orioles news. Nothing grand, nothing that looks around at the other twenty-nine teams, but during the season proper they don’t run baseball news on anyone but the Orioles or the nearby minor league teams. The Baltimore Sun? They’ve recently reformated the sports section into an eight-page tabloid, and baseball news qualifies for a sidebar. Maybe two columns, even.

You’d think, at least to judge by the newspapers, that baseball still slumbers.

But when you look outside — and it’s been sixty degrees and gorgeous all week long, except for Tuesday night when it was windy and a deluge fell from the heavens — you know it’s spring. And spring is baseball.

If it weren’t for Chicago Cubs bloggers, I’d have no idea what was going on with the Cubbies. My Cubs blog of choice is Bleed Cubbie Blue. It’s well-written and insightful.

Opening Day is three and a half weeks away.

Three and a half weeks!

The trees haven’t yet begun to bud. The birds are beginning to sing. And there’s baseball down in Florida and out in the Arizona desert.

The signs of spring are here. :)

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