I Love This Game

Upon waking up this morning and turning on my television, the vision in the above photo welcomed me to Opening Day.  Even though I live in the Red Sox market and get NESN, I order the MLB Extra Innings package every year and have done so since 2004.  I’m fortunate (and grateful to be so fortunate) that I’m able to still do this; I know this.  Over the last year or so, I’ve had to alter many aspects of my life but I’ve been lucky to still be able to enjoy the baseball I want even if it’s a little different than the way I have in the past.  Basically, I can’t really go to as many games in person as I used to, but I still get to see a lot of baseball thanks to the generosity of people I love and with a little help from Extra Innings.  I know, in that regard, I have nothing to complain about.

This is how much I love baseball.  My Red Sox will always come first but my heart definitely belongs to the entire game.  I genuinely can’t get enough.  Regardless of my possessing a dvr, I purposely don’t get involved in new television shows during baseball season.  It’s what I watch.  I fall asleep almost every night to the sound of Vin Scully’s voice calling a Dodgers game because it’s like a lullaby to me.  Baseball makes me happy and, in spite of the things Major League Baseball as an organization does to make me insane sometimes, I hope it always stays that way.

I know I’m lucky (smart?) to surround myself with people who get this about me.  As much as things like that stupid Fan Cave thing annoy the heck out of me, because I want to start the new season on a high note I’ve decided to focus on the good today.  We’re getting new, “real” baseball today and everyone knows where to find me today.

And I’ll say this, I’m in the midst of a job search that has gone on for over a year and I really would like to be gainfully employed sooner rather than later, but today and tomorrow I will enjoy being in a position where I’m able to watch as much baseball as I want in real time.  I’m confident that, eventually, all things will fall into place for me, but if I have to be unemployed for another spring and possibly summer, I sure as heck plan to take advantage of it.

Having mentioned my dvr, I used it recently to record the MLB Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days on the Boston Red Sox.  It has been sitting there, unwatched, since March 22nd.  This morning at 6am, after I gazed upon the above photo for a few moments, I decided to finally watch it.  It was pretty much like giving a hyperactive child a can of Red Bull.  I’m working on about 4 hours of sleep today and I’m wide awake and ready for 1:05pm to get here!

Enjoy your day, baseball fans.  Feels like we’ve waited a long time for it to finally be here.

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