Baseball. The first day of the season. Pittsburgh fans everywhere note that “at least we’re tied for first!” For one day. Its a dark humor, the only time of the year the local team is expected to be at or above .500.
Its a strange place where everything is fresh and new and yet, at the same time, the outlook does not look good. A sense of expectation and dread at the same time. The hope of heartache.
I admit that the Pirates are not my first love in Baseball, but I know the feeling of hope and despair. For ten years my favorite team followed the same pattern. It was only last year, which began with the same dark hope, that Reds fans saw any real fruit borne after the long dry spell. The Reds show that quick turn-arounds can happen, even if they’re rare. And so maybe there is a little more glimmer for Pittsburgh as I see this season.
But if Facebook is telling, the rest of the Burgh is not so hopeful.
The Reds play today. Pittsburgh opens their season in Chicago tomorrow.
Here’s to a fresh start. A new year. And even to the same old players, fans and managers that have made the past years what they were.
Here’s to baseball.