OK, we’re finally ready for baseball season. It’s hard to admit, but this season couldn’t come slowly enough. We’ve enjoyed being a fan of the World Champs. And though that title won’t necessarily be passed on (and if it is not for several months), it had been enjoyable to know that nobody was playing baseball, and nobody, therefore, could distract us from a simple fact (Mitchell Report and Hankosity notwithstanding): we root for the best. Now, it’s all muddled. Who is the best? Who’s on first? Who’s IN first? We are, to an extent, back to the grind. A beautiful, exhilarating, frustrating, comical, romantic grind, but nonetheless a grind.
Tonight the Sox (and A’s) return to the domestic regular season, and I imagine they are happy to be back grinding it out on familiar soil. Not because they disliked Japan or because it wasn’t a rewarding trip, but because playing regular season baseball, making road trips around the US and Canada, playing games that matter just about every night in the grand pursuit of being the best, is what they love. And what we love too. So welcome back, guys. And take us for another great ride.
Discuss tonight’s game here.