It’s that time of year. Where baseball and softball are going to be getting full attention as the only sport really going on consistently for a couple of months. The boys and girls of summer are ready for their time to shine, their moments of glory, to experience the highs and lows of the season that is standing at their doorstep. With the sport of the summer here, it began on Monday night, let’s take a look at a few things that I like and don’t like about this sport.
First and foremost, and this at the major league level, is the pace of play. The MLB games take too long to complete, some going for nearly four hours depending on how the game is going. Rather hard to dedicate that amount of time to a game. It’s why professional baseball is best served as a radio sport.
The pace of play at the high school and college level is much more tolerable. The game is more enjoyable to watch too. There’s no money at play at these levels, just the pure enjoyment of the sport for a couple of months. It’s a blast to see one of our local athletes hit a home run, go towards home play to get high fives and all the love from their teammates.
Baseball and softball is a fantastic way to lose yourself for an hour or two a few times a week while you watch your family and friends play. When I started here at the Pilot in 2016, it was during this season. One of my first days working was going to the Storm Lake field for a softball and baseball game.
Before I began here at the Pilot, high school sports were loose interest to me. I read the stories here or there regarding my former high school and their lack of success in football. However, when I took this job, and high school sports was one of the biggest focuses, it changes your outlook on the athletes that take part in numerous sports through their careers.
I have seen some of these athletes who were going into their junior years prepare for their final hurrah with their high schools with this summer sport. Never thought it would feel like a big deal, but it’s just strange to know that some of these students won’t be around next year, instead off at college continuing their athletic careers.
This is also a fun time of the year because there is always something going on about every night with baseball and softball. Weekend tournaments are a good part of this as well. There is never a lack of games to watch and photos to get over the summer. Unless it is one of those super unlucky nights where everyone has an away game, though that has been a bit rare.
Going to apologize now if I block anyone’s line of sight when I’m trying to get a shot. Nothing personal, just doing what I can for a good shot.
It will also be fun to see the Whitecaps play another season as well. They had a great first year back as a club and should be interesting to see what they can do for an encore after winning a title.
Here’s hoping for a year year of summer ball, great plays and some good runs by our high schools and Whitecaps.