W^2 – baseball is back

W^2 or W squared for Wordless Wednesday, May 8, 2024

NOTE: This post was originally titled “Baseball”, but after reflecting overnight, I changed it to “baseball is back.” Enjoy

Tuesday night baseball at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois. Tuesday April 23, 2024, 7:09 PM

It’s baseball season, again. Baseball season begins at the end of March and lasts until the final out in late October. Every team will play 162 games, the good ones will play more, and the best teams could play 173 or more. It all depends, because baseball is a funny game.

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game — it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again.”

“Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”
Terrance Mann in Field of Dreams

I made it to my first game of the 2024 season two weeks ago and I am just now making time to write about it. I’ve been to Wrigley Field more times than I can remember. My first game was in 1993. Wrigley Field opened with its first baseball game one hundred ten years ago in 1914. It’s the second oldest ballpark in the major leagues and there is something magic about watching a game there.

It was a great night for baseball. It was cool and thunderstorms had passed through before the game. I took the train, and I even graded some student work as I rode into Chicago from the western suburbs after school two weeks ago last Tuesday.

The setting sun shines through the grandstand Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois

I enjoyed the game, even though my team played poorly and lost 2-8. You can’t win all 162, so the strategy is to win more than you lose.

I am currently at 28 of 30 ballparks. Though I’ve really been to 30 ballparks, but it’s complicated. My plan is to make it to the last two cities this summer – Toronto and Boston. I have a trip to California planned for early June and I am super excited.

This field, this game — it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again.”

It’s Wednesday evening, almost Thursday and I am awake writing when I really should be sleeping.  It’s been a full day. So, I had better proofread, and double check to make sure what I wrote makes sense, hit publish, then go to bed. Making the days Count, one day at a time, enjoying a baseball game even when my team doesn’t come out on top.

Was your day full?

8 thoughts on “W^2 – baseball is back

  1. Love baseball . Yankees fan here but as I lived in Miami, Florida for 60 years, I secretly pull for the Marlins too. Interested in games by these two teams and no other sports. I make the days count by crossing out the yesterdays on the calendar on the kitchen wall and remembering the check list to take my medicines. My best count – clean and sober 22 years and 6 weeks. I’ve counted the days in many ways – a lot of them. I’ll be 75 next month.

    1. Congratulations on 22 years and 6 months, that is an accomplishment to keep making count. I was at a Marlins game last summer to see the Astros play and the Marlins won, say the Yankees in Yankee Stadium in ’22 playing the Astros. It was a great game and the Yankees won in 10 with a walk off three run blast by Stanton. I enjoy listening to the game on the radio while I am sitting on the porch or doing yard work on Sunday afternoons or driving home or somewhere. The call of the game is soothing. Have a great day, btw I found you by following Renee so many years ago! Have a fabulous Tuesday.

    1. Sounds full! How were the northern lights? How far north did you have to go? Our daughter is visiting a friend in Oxford before the summer term begins in East Lansing and she sent some amazing photos. I would like to get out tonight to see them, our backyard and neighborhood has too many trees to see the horizon. Thanks for stopping in!

      1. We were headed for Port Austin in the thumb, but didn’t leave till 9 (we are very disorganized!) and only got about an hour into our trip when I saw them through the windshield so we were near Caro (I think) and I pulled onto a dead end dirt road and we sat there, out in front of a farmer’s house, for about an hour. It was pretty spectacular. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Then I found out people here at home were in their backyards seeing pretty much the same thing! LOL

      2. Last night husband and I went to a softball field, which would normally be pretty good for watching the lights…the parking lot had lots of cars. But our skies had lots of clouds, so saw nothing. Maybe tonight.

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