Spring Training recently started for major league baseball players in both Arizona and Florida and it could not have come sooner! I cannot wait to be enjoying a baseball game this summer. Nothing beats sitting on an uncomfortable plastic seat, sunblock smothered all over my legs and wearing cute baseball hats & sunglasses to fight off the hot sun.
Who doesn’t love that feeling of anticipation when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand and the turning of your stomach when you hear that distinct crack of that bat meeting the ball? Baseball games are an experience in which everyone should partake! You absolutely must buy overpriced beer & hotdogs and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch. It’s an American tradition.
Going to spring training for my favorite team is a must-do on my bucket list. It’s like getting to see the dress rehearsal before viewing the Broadway show! Plus, spring training takes place where it’s warm, which sounds so delightful right now. I know what you’re thinking. Spring Break? Spring Training? It must be a recent trend invented by MTV and tanning oil. Actually, Spring Training began in the late 1890s when teams started training in warmer climates to work on their game and, well, sober up before the season started. It is obviously a decision that has worked well.
Spring Training is supposed to just be a time for the players to warm-up after their short hiatus between seasons, but to America it signifies so much more. A fresh start, new alliances & rivalries, excitement, anticipation and most importantly, the beginning of spring.
This is a time for fans to re-introduce themselves to the team. Players get to adjust to new teammates or coaches. Newbies can try-out for positions and play games against players they have idolized for years. Spring Training is truly a special time.
So, if you’re a fan, congratulations! – the season is almost here! If not, now is the perfect time to learn about America’s pastime and maybe find your new favorite activity for the summer!
“The Early Years: Spring Training History.” SpringTrainingOnline.com. August Publications, 07 Dec. 2008. Web. 20 Feb. 2013.