The magical and perfect and right thing about baseball is that it is played outside in tune with the seasons.
It begins in the spring as the weather just warms, it heats up in the summer right on cue with the sun, and it winds down in the fall as the temperature, and leaves, and first snows fall.
Games delay for rain and storms.
College ball has a slightly different calendar and baseball can begin in early February.
When temperatures fall to 45 degrees, the University of Virginia promises baseball fans free coffee and hot chocolate.
And, so today, this …
And, this …
Which led to, this …
(True confession: This was just the first hot chocolate. It was a two-hot-chocolate kind of day.)
It was in the 40s. It was cold. It was really windy. It was raining.
It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a team to roll up a soggy tarp.
And, then, sometime in the 7th inning, it started sleeting. Hard.
But, they kept playing.
And, they beat Virginia Tech 7-4, sweeping the series.
When asked about playing in the rain today, UVa’s Mike Papi (2-for-4 today, 6-for-10 in the series) quickly corrected a reporter after the game: “You mean the snow, or sleet, or whatever it was. It wasn’t fun.”
Editor/Husband said he felt like he was on the Edmund Fitzgerald. (Click here you youngsters.)
I’m warm now.
And, major league baseball begins tonight and tomorrow. For real.
This is it …