First, of course, there are the playoffs and the World Series. Then there is the onset of baseball’s trading season, when fans of every team get educated in the business of baseball as they follow the machinations of general managers and agents negotiating, selling and buying contracts, and trading players. The excitement of who is going from what team to what team and is he worth it reaches its peak at the general managers’ meeting, which ends around mid-December.
Then the holiday season comes at the end of the month and things baseball quiet down.
The worst part of the year for baseball fans comes next. January 2nd is the beginning of the doldrums season for baseball. Except for those few players who, for one reason or another, haven’t yet found a new home, and some interest in who will and won’t make it into the Hall of Fame, there just ain’t much doing. College and pro basketball, hockey and the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl dominate the screen and the sports pages. Baseball has become an after-thought.
It’s tough to be a baseball fan during the month of January and half of February.
But to all Red Sox fans, I say, “Take heart! For the Sox equipment truck leaves Fenway Park on Thursday, February 12th.”
On that day, the gloom begins to fade, the clouds begin to dissipate, despair turns to anticipation and cry of “Wait til next season!” takes on real meaning.
For next season will almost be here.
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Until then, perhaps reading The Ecstasy & Agony of Being a Red Sox Fan will help hasten the beginning of the 2015 season.