Yeah, yeah… I know the original Andy Williams song is about Christmas time. Whatever.
There are two “most wonderful” times of the year in my book. The greater of the two is October, at least when it comes to sports – NFL football, college football, no basketball to speak of, PGA playoffs (and this year the Ryder Cup!), and most importantly MLB playoffs.
The (only slightly) lesser of the two is late February all the way through March – MLB Spring Training!
I tend to get super philosophical and emotional about the start of baseball each year. Like, to an embarrassing degree. But whatever… Baseball was and most likely always will be my first love when it comes to sports. So in that spirit, here is one of my favorite quotes of all time about baseball.
Baseball has nearly all the qualities and the narrative that the country has. It’s competitive; it’s spirited; it’s got the joshing; and it’s got the intellectual side, the great students of it. It’s also got labor unions, and management, and gimmicks, and promotion, venality; great public fools in baseball, and great public heroes; and great self-serving people and generous people. And it has pride and unity of town and of country, and it’ll do for a figure for the American system. – Charley McDowell
You just can’t say all of that about any other American sport.
You woke up this morning, and instantly you knew. Your mouth was dry. Your palms were sweaty. You dreaded leaving the house. You knew that all day you would have to face person after person with a strong opinion about the matter. Some would be annoying about it. Others would be angry. Still others would be morose and cynical. Regardless, you knew that today would be one of the most divisive days in your life for a long, long time.
Am I talking about election day? Nope.
I’m talking about Valentine’s Day.
Honestly, if we made Hitler’s birthday a national holiday I’m not sure there would be as much of an outcry against it as there is against Valentine’s Day in some quarters*. So if you’re one of the people who abhor Valentine’s Day, let me give you three reasons why, in spite of your hatred of this holiday, today is an awesome day.