We made it! To opening day! That’s fantastic! But…what happened to the fields in Arizona? Florida?… What happens next?
Truth be told, I love Spring Training. Whether it’s in Florida, or in Arizona, for some reason, the excitement and anticipation just bleed through every pitch. From the veterans who’re just working on their swings, to 18 year-old rookies who are trying to make their dreams come true. It never disappoints. However there is one thing that bothers me. The fact that it just…stops.
The start of the regular season is great and fantastic, but I always feel unfulfilled, and almost abandoned. I understand that once ST wraps up, the bags are packed, and extended ST begins. So really, there is no end to it. Though I would appreciate some sort of “final game” or “final ceremony” to cap it all off.
I am not saying there needs to be a nationally syndicated program all about the final game like the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, but something would be nice.
The thing is, I highly doubt I am alone in this thought process. To me it was always confusing. There is so much lead up to the beginning of Spring Training, such as social media campaigns. But when it’s over, it’s almost like people just abandon the parks overnight. You’d think they’d want SOME sort of closure. Or maybe not.
Maybe it’s just better to move on, and not dwell about the warm weather of our past.