Our friend Kasey posted something on Instagram* yesterday that was timed perfectly. Or, at least, it was timed perfectly for me, since I’ve developed a reputation as the gooey, Field-of-Dreams, sentimental baseball fan among the writers here at Redleg Nation dot com.
This was written by A. Bartlett Giamatti, the former president of Yale University who also served as commissioner of baseball. (Insert Pete Rose discussion here.) It describes well my feelings about baseball.
“[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”
This hasn’t been the best season in Reds history. In fact, it has been among the absolute worst, in terms of wins and losses. Our favorite team lost 90+ games in consecutive seasons for the first time since the mid-1930s. We’ve had some miserable days and nights following the ol’ Redlegs, as the bullpen blew games and the offense couldn’t scratch runs across on far too many occasions. For the second straight year, the Reds have secured the #2 draft pick.
But oh, how I’m going to miss them.
Listen, I’ve fallen in love with Premier League soccer — the beautiful game — over the last eight years (and my favorite team, Tottenham Hotspur, is having a great season thus far, and the future is incredibly bright). You know that I’m crazy for the sports teams of my alma maters, especially the basketball teams at Virginia and Georgetown. I’m even trying to get back into the NFL and the Bengals. I have plenty of sports to watch during the off-season.
But none of those are baseball. None of those are Reds baseball. For better or worse, this is our team, and life is better when there’s a game to watch. Yes, winter is coming. Let’s hope it’s a short one.
When do pitchers and catchers report to spring training anyway?
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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