As Restless as a Willow in a Windstorm

Here is another guest entry from my former student, the writer, Trenna Field.

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Spring Baseball

Never mind whether or not a groundhog saw his shadow, the symbol for
spring is when the football season ends and baseball begins. Though spring may
not officially begin until March, the vision for warm weather arises when
Florida becomes more than a winter destination and Arizona becomes a vacation
destination for eager baseball fans.

As
pitchers and catchers begin their first official workout of the 2011 season,
the media is buzzing with the possibilities of whatever may happen with the Red
Sox. The unknowns are what can lead the team to prepare for the best and become
conscientious of the worse. J.D. Drew has mentioned a bothersome hamstring,
which could be a cause for concern as fans remember the injuries piling up, and
a mounting disabled list at the end of the 2010 season.

The
media has also attempted to stir up an in-team rivalry between Jenks and
Papelbon, though both have acknowledged a successful organization and a title
seeking team is the priority. Expectations for the upcoming season are set for
the top. The Red Sox are aiming for a World Series, which might leave some
feeling skeptical. Tracey Jackson, a guest on a Today Show segment titled “Why
50 Is Not The New 30” said, “if you set yourself up for expectations you can’t
meet, you’re going to be depressed.” That makes sense, but as the Red Sox have
everything in line for a great season and the passion to play for it, their
expectations are realistic leaving no room for depression. A Red Sox World
Series is quite possible, after all, it is only spring and anything is
possible.

  Fort Myers is a place where the kinks of the
team can be worked out, on and off the field, and a place that allows baseball
to begin as Fenway Park continues to thaw from the harsh New England winter.
Baseball has officially kicked off an early spring, although the temperature is
still below freezing and the wind chill is unbearable, with something like
opening day to look forward to, the winter is almost a thing of the past, like
the 2010 season.

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6 comments

  1. blithescribe

    Wow, I think she captured both the hope and the increased longing for the next season that Spring Training brings beautifully. I love the photo but I don’t think this California girls has seen many things quite so forlorn looking as snow covered baseball stadium seats.
    Kristen
    This is a very simple game…

  2. thomasox

    Yes, indeed, it is quite forlorn! I was thinking of the contrasts between Florida and Boston. Makes me want to get on the next plane to Ft Myers. How are things in California? Did you like my song reference in the title?? Trenna will be happy to read your comments. She is a talented young writer.

  3. raysrenegade

    Great post.
    Always great to read some of the new writiers making their mark on the World. Great imagery and you can definitely see a future writing for htis former student.
    It is beuatiful down here inFL right now,. Crisp breeze and temps in the 70’s….Winter shed its overcoat and came for a tan…

    Rays Renegade
    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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