It’s officially baseball season! If you’re like me, you live for the time the air becomes warmer, the grass becomes greener, and the days become longer. All these things add up to one thing: baseball. It’s the beginning of the season and therefore, that means your team can do anything.
With the start of the season just underway, your team still has the chance to go all the way, to win it all, to be the best, to become numero uno. We fans don’t let reality or practicality blur our vision of the possible outcomes. What? You say most of our team is hurt? No problem! The season is just underway; we can still pull out the wins. What’s that you say? We don’t have an elite pitcher? Don’t worry! Our mediocre pitcher says he’s in the best shape of his life- we’re going to win ‘em all.
You see how it goes? All baseball fans are the eternal optimists. “It’s a long season”, “We’re in it for the long haul”, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” “You’re gonna’ lose some every now and then”- these are words every fan lives by. It doesn’t matter what condition your team is in and it doesn’t matter how many games you’ve lost, if it’s beginning of the season: the sky’s the limit.
However, as the season progresses and your optimism begins to wane as reality sets in; or conversely, your team is doing so well and you are so excited that you cannot get enough of baseball, may I suggest an old remedy: books. If you are mainlining on baseball, I would suggest browsing through our 796.357 non-fiction section; this area is devoted to baseball, from different teams and players, to how to play the game. If however, you just want to read about sports and not strictly about baseball, I would suggest the book, “Mike and Mike’s rules for sports and life / Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic ; with Andrew Chaikivsky”. This book is Mike and Mike’s (from the ESPN morning show) take on how sports and life complement each other.
And for the Braves fan (go Braves!), I found the book “We Could Have Finished Last Without You, the Losingest Team in Baseball for the Past 25 Years”, by Bob Hope to be quite amusing. This is an interesting book because in was published in 1991 – yes, the miracle year that the Braves went all the way to the World Series. Talk about sorry timing! But this is a great read because it details the beginning of Ted Turner’s ownership of the Atlanta Braves and all the publicity gimmicks held to help sell tickets. Which in those days (being the losingest team in baseball), was a bit of a challenge. Bob Hope describes hilarious publicity stunts such as Easter egg hunts gone wrong to ostrich races (yes, that was not a typo-you read that right). It’s a great book all around, so if you are a Braves fan I would consider this a must read. And as the baseball season progresses, we fans will continue to reach for the sky, hoping for October baseball – after all “anything is possible”.