Mid day today, the gates will open up.
Fans with hats and gloves rush to catch a glimpse of #2 or #25 as they stretch and stride.
The smell of green grass, the breeze, the bright sun.
The bustle of vendors heavy laden with cotton candy, hot dogs, and beer.
The child’s wide eyes as she sees the field for the first time.
The father taking her hand amid the crowd.
The long walk to the upper deck provides a sensory overload.
Hands on hearts, everyone sings, a moment of pride.
The charge of the field, the wind up, and crack of the bat.
And so begins a new season sure to delight and thrill, madden and sadden.
For the stalwart and the fair weather, today marks the start.