January 2 – Happy New Year fellow baseball fans, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what excites you the most about 2007 on the diamond.
In no particular order and certainly with no rhyme or reason, here are a few things I’m looking forward to witnessing and enjoying in the New Year.
The Webb of Wormburners. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a muscle bound slugger open up those hips with hopes of pulling a ball five miles into the bleachers, only to see the mammoth man hit a 13 hopper to the shortstop and take a quick right turn back to the dugout. Over the last three seasons, Brandon Webb has rolled up 1319 ground outs, second only to Derek Lowe as baseball’s best. Sweet dreams slugger.
Goose Bumps. Nothing keeps you coming back to the ballpark more than memories loaded with electricity and emotion. Bill Hall’s walk off homer with a pink bat on Mother’s Day with his mom in attendance, the opening a new era at sparkling Busch Stadium II in St. Louis, and the same fans doing the tomahawk chop on the season’s final weekend begging the Braves to help pave their path to the postseason against the Astros were moments many will not soon forget. Love the bumps!
Fenway Franks. Over the last few seasons, I have been able to sneak away from the team on an east coast trip and journey to the ballyard in Boston for a Red Sox game. It is truly one of the game’s great destinations and here’s hoping there can be some schedule squeezing again this year. Then it’s all aboard Amtrak.
Arrested Development. On a self serving level, I am hoping to obtain as many DVD’s of the show in order to catch up on the many plane flights we enjoy. You see, I missed the boat when the show was originally on FOX and have found that I can’t get enough of the Bluth family, the Blue Man Group, the banana stand and GOB’s magic. Did I mention Bob Loblaw?
A Magic Juan. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a small stick with a star on the end that when waved at an athlete would transform their heart and effort into that of Juan Pierre’s. Upon arriving at the ballpark at about 2pm for a night game, it is a usual occurrence to witness the leadoff hitter in the outfield working on his jumps, his bunts or his conditioning. Here’s a challenge for you in 2007, find someone that outworks the LA leadoff hitter. Final note…since 01’ only Ichiro has more hits than the magic man.
A DeLorean (Preferably with a Flux Capacitor). As years fly forward, I find myself longing to journey years back. Just give me one chance to see, in person, Jackie Robinson’s courage, Sandy Koufax’s arm and Bob Gibson’s stare. Many of us have been fortunate enough to witness baseball history in our lifetime, yet we find ourselves a bit envious of those that were a part of the things we missed. Here’s hoping Marty McFly can drive.
Kids in the Hall. And in the aisles, seats and concourses is where we all hope to see young smiling faces day after day and night after night. The phrase “paint the town red” will hopefully apply to school hallways as young boys and girls will be proud to wear number 16, 17 or 22 Dbacks tees.
Kids in the Dugout. Here’s hoping that the rookies and veterans alike never abandon their childlike love for this great game. In doing so they should always remember the youngsters in the stands who adore their every step. Finally it will remind them how fortunate they are to earn well beyond an “adult” living to play a “kids” game. It’s still ok to smile guys…we love it.
See you soon.