Okay, I’ll say it. I’m not ashamed to admit that one of my very favorite baseball moments of all time was the Opening Day Ceremonies on April 5, 2011, following that glorious 2010 World Series Championship win . The game was between the San Francisco Giants and the St Louis Cardinals. So today was just the icing on the cake for me. The same teams were playing, and the championship flag was again being hoisted above the park to remain for the entire 2013 season so that all who crossed our threshold could see what a magical place they had entered.
But today, instead of being at the game, I was watching from my comfortable chair, all decked out in orange and black, with a box of Kleenex and a paper bag (to dispose of the used tissues) nearby. And I did pretty good until they introduced the Cards Manager, Mike Matheny, and the crowd broke into near hysteria in support of this fellow, another of my very favorites. And I lost it, never to fully recover for the rest of the ceremony.
I’m not sure why I was so emotional today, but it probably had something to do with the affection the Giants fans feel for their team, and the entire organization for that matter, but also for anyone who has anything to do with the Giants! The crowd cheered just as loud for each of the St Louis Cardinal players who were former Giants as they did for the current Giants themselves. It’s been a long dry spell, this post, post-season, and finally today, after five months we have our kids back home ready to dance around the mound, and the plate and the field. ”It’s the sweetest thing I know of, just spending time with you” ……..as if I was singing the song to each of them individually as they walked out onto the field. Continue reading