Oh my freakin’ god, did you guys see the Boston Red Sox’s Jacoby Ellsbury’s home steal in the game against the Yankees last night?? A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Ok, now, after you let out your collective sighs (because I know some of you think that watching baseball is the most boring thing in the world), I need to tell you: I’m thrilled, it’s Baseball Season!!
I don’t know how many of you know, but I played softball in a team myself for many years back in Germany (oh yes, we do have competitive baseball and softball leagues there – in case you didn’t know) and I miss it. It’s a much more complicated and strenuous sport than some of you might think. We practised twice a week and had games practically every weekend during the summer months. It was a real commitment, but it was so much fun!!
I played many different positions – catcher, 3rd base, left field, but my favorite position was “catcher”. I guess, part of the fun was the whole protective gear that you got to wear (I was a little paranoid about getting hit in the face by the ball) and I also loved the “blocking”, throwing myself in the dirt ;) Hitting was fun, too. One year I got a “trophy” for being the 1998 batting champion *woohoo*.
I really wish I could still play (and before you suggest joining a “hobby softball team” here in the US – I hardly believe that this would be the same).
Watching baseball just makes me tingle and I am always looking forward to the start of the official baseball season. J and I are “Boston Rex Sox” fans, naturally. I was lucky enough to be able to go to a game at Fenway Park once when I was in Boston a couple of years ago.
Even though I actually prefer to watch the games on TV (it’s much easier to follow), I will admit that the atmosphere at the baseball park is just amazing!
So, we watched Baseball all last weekend, and the Red Sox swept the New York Yankees in a three-game set which was just so pleasant to see, especially as they came back big time a couple of times after trailing behind in runs. Every time J was about to give up on them, I told him “juuust wait” and they came back with some amazing RBI-hits and clever base-running.
How can that NOT get you on your feet!?