Why do we get so excited about Spring Training?
With Opening Day just around the corner, there is a certain feeling in the air. This feeling comes around every year when Spring Training begins. Why does this happen? I mean, it’s just some guys showing up to practice, right?
Now don’t get me wrong, I love football as much as anyone, but you never really hear anybody say “Oh boy, players are about to report to training camp!” before the NFL season starts. Same goes for hockey; we love it, but we’re just not that excited that training camp has started.
Yet us baseball fans have countdowns for Spring Training! We get downright ecstatic when this time comes around. Why?
The first reason I have for why we all love Spring Training so much is it gives us the joy of the game without the stress of the intense competition. Sure, we get to see who is going to do well during the regular season, but other than that it’s a relatively stress free experience.
You can enjoy a nice day at the ballpark without having to worry about winning or losing. If your team loses, no big deal. You enjoyed the day anyway. (That’s not to say that winning isn’t fun too.) We have to make sure we soak all this up before the season starts, because that’s when things get crazily competitive. Spring Training is like the calm before the storm.
Another reason why I believe we get so excited for Spring Training is it gives us a feeling of hope for some improving weather conditions.
Compared to what we’ve had for the past four or five months, even the chilly temperatures of early Spring are a huge psychological boost.
For most of the country, it has been freezing temperatures and snow covering the ground for what seems likes forever. We’ve been trapped in this giant ice cube that can only be melted by the joyous game of baseball. When we hear the words “Spring Training,” we’re mostly hearing the “Spring” part. Spring means we get to see that lush green grass and feel that cool breeze in a matter of days. We love Spring and we love baseball, so the two together are amazing beyond belief!
The biggest reason we get excited for Spring Training is it means that Opening Day is in only a few weeks away!
The competition and good times will soon be underway. After so long, we finally get to start going to the games again. We also get to sit around the TV or radio with family, just enjoying the beautiful day and the baseball game. How did we live without it for all this time?
After all, baseball is America’s Pastime.
To conclude, us baseball fans are some pretty hopeful people. Spring Training delivers us that wonderful satisfaction of the game without the commitment to the craziness. It gets us away from the unnecessarily insane weather we experience for far too long. It simply reminds us that baseball isn’t very far away. “It’s the fans that need spring training. You gotta get ’em interested. Wake ’em up and let ’em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.”
These are just a few of my own personal reasons why I love Spring Training. Whether it means the end to a long cold winter, the new season is right around the corner, or we finally get to head out to the local field for some much needed and long overdue practice, I know we all have our own reasons for getting excited about Spring Training.
I invite you to share your own reasons by leaving a comment below. I will be sure to join in with you.
Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SPRING!! ~Jeremy