I reflected on how that day made me remember something very special that happened a long time ago. But this year, it has a very special meaning all on its own. Yes, as I'm sure you've all guessed already, December 25th is the Baseball Solstice. A big thank you to Dan at The Ball Caps Blog for reminding us all of this. As fresh as our memories are of the 2012 season, and as distant as next season seems, after the 25th we will be closer to the start of Spring Training than to the end of the World Series. It is the day the furthest away from baseball all year - and although that may be a reason for sadness and despair, we need to realize that just as everyday has already started to get longer, we are also now getting closer to baseball. I can't wait for the smell of fresh grass, the sound of the crack of the bat, the excitement of watching our Red Sox win games.... well, regardless of what happens, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
So remember even though the weather outside may be frightful, and with no games on, you have no place to go... it won't be long before you hear the call of "PLAY BALL!".(*)
Happy Holidays everyone :)
(*) As an umpire, I hate to perpetuate the myth that games start with this call. Umpires only say "PLAY!" to start a game, but this phrase is more popular and traditional in our collective social consciousness so I'm going to go with it.