It’s that time of year again…

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Is it baseball season already?

I_can’t believe it.

I_normally don’t start thinking about baseball season until the days get a little warmer, but it’s already upon us.

That’s one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about: being cold at a baseball game.

Allow me to share a quick story.

Two years ago, I_attended the opening night baseball game at Troy University.

The Trojans were facing off against the University of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi or something like that, and the day had been beautiful and clear.

Unfortunately, the temperatures dropped into the 40s after the sun went down.

Even worse, the game went into extra innings.

But after sitting through two and half hours of bitter cold, I_was going to see it through to the end.

With each passing inning, my determination grew, even as I lost feeling in my extremities.

Some 17 innings later, the game was finally over, but I sat through every hypothermic pitch.

I certainly hope we don’t get any more Arctic air masses like we had this last week.

I don’t know if I could deal with it.

However, I am looking forward to seeing baseball in a pure form.

Even though spring training is beginning for the majors, all you hear about these days is Roger Clemens and steroids.

I_believe I’ve made my position clear on people that use steroids.

When you go to a high school game, you probably won’t see Sportscenter Top 10 highlights, but what you will see is a bunch of guys out there playing as hard as they can.

And those great plays that they do make, you can rest assured that they came by them honestly – no HGH or BALCO or any other annoying acronym involved.

So since we’re putting basketball season to bed and getting ready for basetball, go find your sunglasses and your baseball cap.

Go ahead and make the trip to Wal-Mart and buy one of those industrial-size tubs of sunflower seeds.

Sure you may need a coat to begin with, but do what you’ve got to do – baseball’s here.