Once again, itís springtime in Colorado. In Alamosa this means a brisk wind followed by a mild summer. But, across the nation many of us are rejoicing the fact that baseball season is back.
I have a passion and love for football, but thereís something romantic about baseball. I donít have the same passion for baseball as football, but baseball is the signal of summer, itís a father teaching his son how to score the game, itís comfortable nights under the lights with friends.
Baseball is Americaís longest standing sport. When we think about other sports, we donít think of them with the same romance. But, baseball has names that conjure up memories and feelings that no other sport can. To older generations, the names Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, and Ted Williams are more than just names. Rather, they are symbols of what used to be ó days gone by, memories of their youth.
Today, although less pure, baseball has the same effect. For me, names like Larry Walker, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Cal Ripken have the same effect. I remember watching Rockies games in my youth and running outside to play catch during commercial breaks.
But, baseball was much more. I remember playing baseball in the park with my friend Patrick Ortiz. His father would pitch to one of us while the other played the outfield. We would practice diving catches, pitching, and hitting. It was the only sport that could be replicated with two people, so it became the sport of my youth.
So as the Rockies open at home this weekend, I will fondly remember the sport of my youth. Baseball is a sport with a love for history like no other sport. I will have names like Williams, Mantle, Mays, Walker, and Robinson on mind.
Baseball brings friends together and for that reason I love baseball. It is a tradition that can be shared with family and friends. It brings out the romance of summer and the love of a game. It reminds us of our youth and of simpler times.
For these reasons, I love baseball. For these reasons, I celebrate Major League Baseballís Opening Day and Opening Week.
Baseball is much more than a game or sport. Itís a passion and a tradition that continues to bring friends and families together and reminds us of the simple enjoyments of life that can only be found in tradition.