“Little darling, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter.”
Oh, baseball, how I’ve missed you.
Maybe you’re waiting around for Major League Baseball and the Players’ Union to work through their cumbersome labor disagreements. (Spoiler Alert: one side is being an unreasonable, mean-spirited, nogoodnik cheapskate.)
Well, I’m pleased to remind you that today, for college players, it’s baseball o’clock.
I heard that.
I heard you unkindly harrumph-mutter “aluminum bats” under your breath just now.
Stop grumbling and have an open mind.
Sure, maybe the clink of an aluminum bat doesn’t have the same satisfying crackety’crack-crack of a wooden bat. An aluminum bat also doesn’t explode into devil shards that can put out your eye.
Can your bat do this?
Once you hear it a few times, the clink of an aluminum bat becomes beautiful – like the clink of an ice cube dropping into a whiskey glass – and it sure beats the sound of no bat at all.
What’s it going to be, baseball or no baseball?
The correct answer is baseball.
So, while you wait for Major League Baseball to get its act together, join me, won’t you … there’s college baseball to be played. And, it’s amazing.
It’s Opening Day.
I’m thinking that in a couple of the months I’ll be having my morning coffee while watch KBO again.
True confession: I love morning baseball (which sometimes happens when college games try to twist their schedule around rainy — and, sometimes, snowy — weather forecasts). I’m hoping MLB gets its house in order … I can’t wait to see what Buck does with the Mets this season!
I may be–am, actually–one of those people waiting for MLB to get their collective act together, but that doesn’t mean I’m not rejoicing in the knowledge that somebody, somewhere is playing ball.
All baseball is good baseball, I think … but I’m looking forward to an MLB season, too.
I wonder if there is an MLB.tv equivalent for the NCAA? You got my interest piqued Jackie!
Hi Steve. If you can stream and have ESPN, there are often games on their ESPNU online schedule. They also have the ACC and SEC channels and those channels often offer Division 1 baseball, mostly online while basketball season is going on.
And the sun has been out all.day here in Virginia! What a great start to a new season. Thanks Jackie.
Opening Day in Charlottesville is on Tuesday and rain is in the forecast. Grrrr. (But, better rain than snow!)
This sounds like a plan!
Agreed. I’ve been thinking for a while that I really need to do better about attending college ballgames. MLB has helped push me in that direction.
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My nephew is one of those grad students who is still eligible to play so he’s playing 2nd base for Michigan. I watched him play Saturday and it felt cathartic given the state of MLB.
My little one is beside himself at the thought of a delayed or even no season. He’s quiet, this kid, but through his social media stories, one clearly hears the tone of his disappointment, and maybe even disillusionment. With him, I get three more years, probably three anyway, of aluminum bat cracks and I for one, can’t wait til that’s the soundtrack of my days and evenings. Let’s hope that the big boys start playing fair so we can get back to the ballpark soon!