Now that Spring Training is in full swing, there are baseball games being broadcast. Every afternoon, my tv is tuned to the MLB channel. It doesn’t matter who’s playing. I don’t often even have the chance to sit and watch the game. But the sound of it is soothing, and it makes me happy.
I grew up watching sports. As a Daddy’s girl, I knew if I wanted to hang out with Dad, I was going to be watching sports. I also have a brother who is nearly four years older than I. I spent years watching him play baseball and flag football. I even learned how to keep score during his baseball games – a skill set I’ve long since forgotten. Anyways, sports were just part of life. There was nothing I loved more than baseball…the sights, the sounds, the hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, sitting in the sun, the strategies, the intensity. During college, I had a bunch of friends on the baseball team. Fridays after class, I would head over to the field to watch games. After college, my dad, brother and I would often meet at the stadium and sit out in the bleachers, watching our A’s. Then my brother and I shared A’s season tickets for five years or so. beginning in the strike-shortened 1994 season. Big Man’s first game was an A’s Spring Training game, and he went to Opening Night in 2001 still in his infant carrier.
So many memories are tied up in baseball. I do believe that’s a good part of why I like to have games on when I’m puttering around the house. I just love the sounds….the announcers, the analysts, the crowds, the crack of the bat…..they soothe me. They make me think of long, warm, summer days. They remind me of childhood. They remind me of baseball dates before Spouse and I married. They remind me of birthday celebrations at the ballpark. They remind me of time with my oldest sister. They remind me of my brother, and the time spent both watching him play, and watching games with him.
Baseball season starts in a few weeks. I love the hope of a new season, the excitement of what may be, the optimism of a new beginning. I am content, for now, to have these Spring Training games playing in the background while I go about my domestic days.