Posted by keithosaunders on March 13, 2011
The onset of daylight savings time draws us one critical step closer to that approaching nirvana which is the baseball season. I refer to the period that we are in now — between the Superbowl and the beginning of the NCAA Tournament — as the dog days of winter. It is a time of meaningless midseason NBA and NHL games, and mind-numbing spring training reports out of the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues.
This is the time of year when we learn that Pablo Sandoval has arrived in spring training in the best shape of his life, a refrain, by the way, that Mets fans became initmate with for the duration of Sid Fernandez’s career. It is also the time of year when we tune in to such television fodder as Battle of the Network Superstars, Tractor Pulls of the Rich and Famous, and Great Moments in Mormon Sports history.
Now, however, we are into the homestretch. Tonight we have the NCAA selection show, followed by a four-day respite from compelling TV, before the beginning of the Big Dance.
I look at the NCAA Tournament as a kind of suspension bridge which takes us out of the winter doldrums into the excitement and promise of a new baseball season. It’s a great diversion, allowing us to focus on something other than who will be the Mets fifth starter, or whether or not Jason Isringhausen will make the big club.
For the next eighteen days I’ll be glued to my TV and Twitter feed rooting for upsets. Let’s go St Johns, George Mason, and Ferris Bueller State!