The high temperature in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday was 47.2 degrees.
Just 2.2 degrees colder and there would have been “free hot chocolate for everyone” at Davenport Field where the University of Virginia Cavaliers — the Hoos — play ball and where the free hot chocolate flows at 45 degrees.
There was no hot chocolate. There was no win for the Hoos.
It was cold.
But, it was my first game of the spring. Even though it’s still winter.
And, even though it’s still cold.
(Why do we play baseball in February anyway?)
But, there was the first photo of spring …
The 2016 honor of “First Photo” goes to UVa utility infielder and backup catcher Justin Novak.
The first bleachers of spring …
The first sacrifice bunt of spring …
Second baseman Ernie Clement. It moved the runner up, but led to nothing.
See, it was cold. Even in the dugout.
And, wouldn’t you know it. Virginia pads the outfield walls for the first time ever and it’s still February and cleats have already torn through it. (Not to be a rat, but left fielder Jake McCarthy did it. And, he missed the catch. See, it was that kind of day.)
Sunny today. Much warmer. The Hoos are 3-3 on the season.
Photos: East Carolina at Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. February 27, 2016 © The Baseball Bloggess