Rites of Spring

Can you smell the fresh spring air and feel the rush of players taking the field?

The four most famous words in baseball is “pitchers and catchers report.”  How fitting that the temperatures here in Iowa will reach the 50’s for most of the week as spring training 2011 begin in earnest today.  I could go on by waxing poetically about the grand old game that we call baseball. 

But why do that when the picture above is enough to make baseball fans pull out their old baseball gloves, stat books, and re-read Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball” or David Halberstam “Summer of ’49”. 

There are four more famous words that will be uttered next weekend.  Who wouldn’t want to put the foot to the medal when “Gentlemen (and Ladies), start your engines” is the cue to start the NASCAR season with the Daytona 500? 

Are you ready for Darrell Waltrip to say "Boogity boogity boogity, let's go racin' boys!"?

The smack of the leather in the outfield and the roaring and whirring of a car going 200+ miles per hour signals the upcoming spring season. 

Maybe the Groundhog is on to something when he predicted an early spring. 

Unless a blizzard hits during the girls basketball state tournament again.

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