Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Opening Day

Baseball's BACK, baby!

For those of you who are new to the program, I am a rabid, diehard Cleveland Indians fan.  Ask me how my October was?  OCTOBER WAS FUCKING FANTASTIC.  And even though my team fell short at the 11th hour, losing Game 7 of the World Series to the Chicago Cubs, it was still some of the best baseball I have ever witnessed in my life.  I ate, lived, walked, talked, slept, was Cleveland Baseball for the entire playoff season last fall and it really fed my soul.  It'd been many years since my team had given me much to give a hoot about and since none of my current friends (well, I should say "very few" of my current friends) even know there are nine innings in a game, it's been hard to keep up with the action.  Living in Boston where it's Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox all spring, summer, and fall, it's even harder to know what my Cleveland team is up to.  Thank goodness for social media and the At Bat app.  But it's not the same as watching every game (which is what I used to do back in Ohio every spring, summer, and fall), so having the entire month of October to plan my life not only around what yoga class I was taking that day but what time the playoff game was just revved me up.  My friends stared at me like I was a curious beast.  "I had no idea you even liked baseball," my friend Elliott said repeatedly, shocked at how many Indians t-shirts and tank tops I owned.  Well, ya learn something new every day, and my yoga-friends learned for about thirty straight days what a maniac I am about the sport.  

So, yes, I'm a tinge excited about Opening Day.

Here in Boston, the Red Sox are playing at Fenway and the weather is gorgeous -- sunny, 50's, perfect.  But my attention will be paid to the Indians who are opening up their season in Texas.  Boy oh boy, I can't wait to see how they get this going.  It's a long season full of ups and downs, but I have a good feeling.  I'll keep up with the daily scores and the standing and the news.  I listen to the Cleveland Indians podcast now so it'll be easier to learn all the key players and the key plays that move the season along.  I am excited.  This is pure joy.  Let's play ball!

And for those of you who might be interested (#shamlessplug alert), I put together a book that recaps my 2016 playoff viewing experience as a gift for my baseball-loving family that I have made available to, well, the world when a few folks requested it.  It's available in paperback here.  Get YOUR copy today!  

OK, #shamlessplug over.  And now it's time to sing the National Anthem and get that first pitch across home plate.  Will it be a ball or a strike?  Will it be a swing and miss or a foul or contact that puts it into play?  What will happen next?  I don't know about you, but I'll be following the action. Go Tribe.  

Originally posted on the Inspired in 2017 blog on April 3, 2017.

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