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I Love Baseball

Here I am with a website called TimLewisSports.com and I haven’t even written a blog about sports yet (although I have touched on fantasy sports and life in general).

It didn’t take long for me to come up with something to blog about. I was watching the Seattle Mariners home opener yesterday against the Oakland Athletics (do the M’s suck right now or what?) and got a flashback to why I love baseball so much.

There is nothing better in the world than catching a game, beer and hot dog in hand, in the sunny weather. Can I get an Amen? I love every sport, but I consider myself a pretty chilled out guy, so baseball fits my mold perfectly.

Some of my best memories as a kid are playing wiffle ball in the front yard with my friends. We kept stats and even recorded some of our games with the family camcorder (one of those big ugly ones). I remember one time I was messing around in the front yard by myself, pretending to be Lance Parrish hitting a game-winning home run (rounding the bases making a cheering noise with my mouth), when one of the cute neighborhood girls caught me in mid-celebration. I was really embarrassed, but I still had the satisfaction of being a hero (even if it was just in my mind).

Now I’m just a spectator, but that’s OK with me. It doesn’t even have to be a big league game. It can be the minors or even college. There’s something exciting about seeing the up-and-coming superstars in the game before they make it big. Sometimes money takes away from the game. Take for example the NBA. College basketball is awesome (it’s pure), while the NBA is not (it’s all about the individuals).

Loving baseball isn’t anything new. I remember when I was a kid, I played sick on Opening Day so I could watch all the games on TV. I don’t remember much from the games that day, but I do remember Baltimore’s Sam Horn hitting a home run (I was still partial to the Orioles after living in Maryland). I also remember my dad walking into the play room where I was watching the games, seeing me shooting baskets on a mini hoop (obviously not sick), and getting ticked that I was acting ill. It was totally worth it though. He doesn’t even remember that happening anymore, so I’m off the hook!

I also fondly remember Opening Day in 2001. There was a rookie making his Major League debut for the St. Louis Cardinals that day. His name…Albert Pujols. I had read about him in Baseball America, but was surprised to see him in the big leagues at 21-years-old. Nine years and 371 home runs later, Pujols is the top player in the game (not that you needed a reminder).

I’m not really sure what “hope springs eternal” is supposed to mean, but to me, the start of the baseball season has always marked a new beginning. It’s given me hope when I’ve been down in my life. Nothing serves as a reminder about a fresh start than Opening Day. Maybe it should be “baseball springs hope.” Cheesy? Yes, but it’s true.

I’ve had a chance to bond with my family, friends, and girlfriends at baseball games. That just doesn’t happen with other sports. I love taking my 6-year-old nephew to games. It’s the most fun I have all summer. 

Do you have any good stories about Opening Day or baseball in general? I’d love to hear from anyone who shares the same passion for the game that I do. A love affair with baseball is nothing to be ashamed of!

Email me at tim@timlewissports.com or send me your story on Twitter @lewissports.

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