I discovered baseball in 2013. And since then, the way I perceive calendar time has changed. Once up a time, I used to think of the year being divided into months. Or occasionally seasons. Now my year has two distinct chunks — Baseball Season and Not-Baseball Season.
There’s a strange nebulous netherworld between Baseball Season and Not-Baseball Season known as Spring Training. It’s the time during which fans start to transition from Baseball Season to Not-Baseball Season. In 2018, for this Giants fan, that means:
- Searching Amazon every day to see if they yet sell that memory-erasing device from Men In Black to excise last year’s season from my brain.
- Convincing myself that every good Giants performance in Spring Training is a sign of things to come, and every bad performance is simply part of the continuous improvement process that is Spring Training.
- Refusing to commit to any travel in October so I can be around for the post-season games that we’ll definitely be in this year.
- Dusting and polishing my Buster Posey Bobblehead collection (okay, I actually do this one all year round).
- Dusting, polishing and looking mournfully at my Matt Duffy bobblehead.
In between that, I’ll update this site with some quick educational pieces for newcomers to the world of non-expert baseball, and some predictions for the year to come.
Come back soon!
Did you know Spring Training has been around since the 1890s! Read about its history here.