I sent my son my baseball glove last week. He’s on a softball team and is playing ball for the first time in years. After he received it he sent me this via Facebook.
“It’s so strange how our brains and memories work. My dad just mailed me his baseball glove. In my mind this is “dad’s new glove” and won’t he need it? In my mind’s eye this glove is huge. Way too big for me! The glove arrives and takes me back in time. To my childhood! To sun soaked days and endless green grass. I can always stay in this place if I want it bad enough. Thanks Michael Brecke I love you very much. Just had a catch with one of my roommates. Looking forward to the next time we can do it together.”
Such is the power of baseball for those who’ve played the game, play it now, and for those who watch. April has a baseball smell to it. April has a baseball sound to it. The crack of ball on bat, the smack of ball in glove, the cheering crowd as an opening day marks the beginning of the season. There are so many sights and sounds of baseball. Hot dogs at the game, no other hot dog tastes as good, the ball field peanuts a necessity by the third inning, are all part of what we call baseball.
In backyards and sandlots, in little leagues and Legion ball, and major leagues, baseball is spring and spring is baseball. The gloves and bats carefully stored for winter now come from the shadows into the bright light. The smell of the oiled glove wrapped and stored for the winter opens both our sense of smell and our memories of springs past and seasons long gone.
Baseball! It is not just a sport. It is a philosophy and perhaps a bit of religion. Baseball is the sunshine and green grass and suddenly there is the first pitch of the first game, no matter where it is played or by whom, and it is spring, and a new season begins and once again there is the life, the game, and it is baseball once again.
Whether or not you’ve played the game or watched the game, write a story about a baseball game in your memory, and as you write see, hear, and smell the sights and sounds of baseball.