today is a great day. i've been wandering around the (sports) wilderness since the beginning of february. you know what i'm talking about here, that nearly 1/6 of the year without football OR baseball. its miserable. its depressing. its winter.
but with spring comes new life. little leaves start pushing their way through the thin bark of branches. tulips rise up with colorful fury. the air stirs and moves and shakes off the crusty cold, signing a new season.
and baseball begins. the wandering in the wilderness ends today for me. at 1:05, carl pavano will throw the first pitch of a (yankee) season that will last into autumn, when those same leaves dry up and fall off the trees. over the next several months there will be the crack of the bat. the smell of leather. the incredibly green grass right up against those dirt-brown basepaths. there will be spitting and signing. there will be grand slams and walk-off homeruns. there may be a no-hitter or even a perfect game. there will be peanuts and cracker jacks and nachos and beer. there will be all-stars and 1-0 games played under the stars. there will be children and adults reaching to catch foul balls. there will be grown men running around trying to catch and hit a little ball.
there will be baseball.
but for me, today, its not just baseball. its the promised land.
ps. its a GREAT sports day for me, because not only is it a sacred baseball day, it is also the NCAA championship basketball game, another chance for the gators to prove their dominance over the buckeye nuts. my bracket for march madness is a mess, and i did terribly. but i DID pick the gators to win it all and that's all that matters now. go gators!