Forewarning: I am an extremely amateur writer and I wrote this rather abruptly. I have been wanting to write about the new Pirates season, but couldn't really come up with a narrative I liked. But, I decided to write this little tribute to the new season and the excitement it brings.
A new season of baseball is upon us, bringing new players, new surprises, and new hopes. For one day, every team has the same record, and every fan can dream about “what if” and “if only”. After the retirements, free agent signings, and roster trimming, opening day fills the dreams of fans. Yes, the game may be slower paced than others, called “boring” by those who do not understand that a baseball game is much more than home runs and strikeouts. Stories of catch with dad to debates about sabermetrics, baseball generate many memorable moments, players, and stories about “that one time I saw…”. The excitement of a 2-out pinch hitter representing the winning run, or the pitcher going for the complete game shutout against your hated rival creates indescribable experiences and future tales that will be re-experienced that night and in future years. A new season brings new moments, new excitement, new stories, all within the same simple game filled with the familiar sound of bat striking ball, ball striking mitts, and fans living and dying with each game.
For the Pirates, a new story will be written starting April 1st, hopefully one more joyful than those of recent past. We as fans get to experience the beautiful play of Andrew McCutchen. We will hope to see someone else join him as part of the core that has been hoped for these past few years. Maybe Marte will light the world on fire this year, maybe Cole will come up and start zinging 100 mph fastballs all day on his way to rookie of the year. Snider could break out, or Tabata and Sanchez could return to old forms (or even better than that). Maybe Liriano returns and regains what seemed lost last year or Burnett and Wandy pitch like top 30 pitchers all year. Will Alvarez hit 30 home runs again? Or could he go for 40? There is nothing like the hopes and dreams of the new season. And even if none of the mentioned possibilities happen and the losing streak continues, at least baseball is back, and that is something to be excited about.