I am admittely a baseball nerd. I grew up playing baseball, coached baseball, and consider myself a student of the game. What an amazing game it is, too!
Unlike the other major professional sports, there is no time clock to worry about. There is no first to score wins overtime rule. Both teams get the same number of chances to score. Just last year, I turned on a Cardinals-Mets game at 4pm on a Saturday (Fox game of the week), watched a few innings, went and did other things with the family, watched a movie with Amber, and watched the rest of the game while going to bed…two position players pitched, a closer got the win, and a starting pitcher got the save. Unreal.
Or there is the real chance something that has never happened before just might happen during any particular game, or during any season. The records are reachable and breakable (at least most of them). There were two perfect games in 2010, and one of the pitchers (Roy Halladay) that tossed a perfect game went out and threw only the second ever no-hitter in playoff history…in his first career playoff start!
I am diehard Red Sox fan, and I readily admit that I died a little inside when they lost Game 7 of the ALCS in 2003, and could not contain myself in 2004 when they came back from down 3-0 in the ALCS to beat the Yankees…I scared Amber half to death when I woke her up with my excitement, and learned my lesson before they won Game 4 of the World Series and woke her up.
My favorite time of the year is here, and that is the start of Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers have reported, and Opening Day is right around the corner.