“People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
National Baseball Hall of Fame member Rogers Hornsby would have likely been just as excited as I was the other weekend when pitchers and catchers for most Major League Baseball teams reported to spring training. It’s a milestone I anticipate every year. While the cold and snow will likely stick around for several more weeks in my home state of Minnesota, the unofficial start to baseball season marks the transition to warmer weather, longer days and a slower pace-of-life.
My Minnesota Twins don’t open the regular season until April 6, but preseason is under way. Knowing that the boys of summer are breaking in their gloves and practicing drills in the Florida sun gives me hope that warm Saturday evenings at the ballpark are around the corner.
We often use weather seasons as bookmarks in our lives and baseball seasons, for me, are just that. When I purchased my season ticket package during the inaugural 2010 season at Target Field, I was fresh out of college and comfortable in my singlehood. During the next two years, I experienced personal seasons of doubt, seasons of peace and seasons of frustration, some even at the same time. If you’re a Twins fan, you know what I mean!
Now in my third year as a season ticket holder, I’m looking forward to sitting down in my carefully selected seats for the first time this spring and glancing next to me at the boyfriend I never dreamed I could meet on CatholicMatch.
Baseball players endure rigorous training schedules during the off-season, and we’re called to do the same, especially during this season of Lent. When our dating lives are not where would like them to be, we are tasked with deepening our prayer life, giving back to our communities and rededicating our hearts to the One who loved us from the very beginning. These training seasons prepare us for the next winning season that God has planned for us.
True baseball fans know that no matter how the last season ended, what transpired in the off-season or what injuries may occur, the first pitch on opening day signifies a clean slate before 162 regular season games. On CatholicMatch, it only takes one profile view, one emotigram or one message to change everything.
It’s a new season. Embrace this fresh start and remember, anything is possible.