I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but today is a very important day.
Today is the beginning of baseball season.
Now, I know that spring training has been going on for about a month now, and that’s been great. It would have been even greater if I’d managed to make it down to Clearwater to
stalk see my players. But, that said, the regular season is just different.
Today starts the beginning of the 162 games that will determine whether your team is still playing through October, or whether they’re simply watching the games on TV.
It is not in my nature to be optimistic about my Phillies. That’s not to say that I don’t cheer for them, and cheer hard, because I do. You know this. (I’m also a big fan of tough love.) But I’m always just *cautiously* optimistic. Because it hurts so bad when you get your hopes up and fucking Cody Ross and Juan Uribe and some jerk they call Panda completely shatter your dreams.
But I digress.
This year it’s hard to not be a little optimistic – even with right-field feeling a little empty. Our pitching line-up is sick. There’s a reason that Phillies fans have been posting this photo all over the place:
Even the experts are on our side (for the most part). Of the ESPN season predictions by 45 analysts:
- 42 put the Phillies in the post-season.
- 27 have the Phillies becoming the National League Champions
- 7 have picked the Phillies to win the World Series.
Now before you go telling me how that doesn’t mean anything, and it’s hard to predict how a season’s going to go, etc – save your breath. I know. But I also like knowing that there are people out there – experts – who have faith in my team’s ability. Because even when it hurts, I do, too.
I’ll be cheering the Phillies on when they visit DC in a couple weeks and my only wish is that they’d get here sooner.
Well, not my only wish. But some things are better left to the imagination.