Every year there is a day in February that puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step no matter how cold and blustery a day it may be: Pitchers and Catchers Reporting day. The day is not remarkable for its actual events, there’s no real action or game; no winners and losers, but its significance is notable: the world has returned to its rightful axis, spring training has begun.
“The one constant through all the years has been baseball,” the fictional J.D. Salinger tells us in my favorite baseball novel, Shoeless Joe. “It continually reminds us of what once was, like an Indian-head penny in a handful of new coins.” Some may be more familiar with Terence Mann’s version of this speech in the equally enjoyable movie version, Field of Dreams. Either way, the meaning is clear; baseball reminds us of what was once good and the possibility of what still can be.
So it was heartening to see the Yankees pick up where they left off, winning their spring opener yesterday with a walk-off homer, by Colin Curtis. Baseball is back, all is right and a world of possibility awaits.