Today some may be celebrating Easter. Others Passover. But there is one major event we cannot forget. The first day of baseball season. Technically Opening Day kicks off tomorrow but tonight is the first major league baseball game of the year and I couldn’t let this huge moment go unnoticed. So here I am. Hello, baseball friends. Welcome back to the time of year where are dinners are spent watching a first pitch, our weekends are filled with the calm sounds of a game on the radio, and our newspapers are reporting on Alex Rodriguez instead of how the team actually performed. (If you’re from New York, anyway.)
I’ve written about my love of the game before, and even included a few of my baseball book recommendations. While I’m knee deep in nostalgia over the Sunday afternoons I spent at the ballpark with my parents to the ungodly hot Saturday afternoons I would spend with James before we were married, I’m also anticipating the upcoming season. As a lifelong Yankees fan, it will be the first one without Derek Jeter and (not only because of this absence) what I’m hearing will be a pretty lackluster game. I’m always one to root for the underdog so I’m going to be glass half full about this for the moment. Be sure to check in with me again around the All-Star Break though. Anything can happen.
In the meantime, let’s get into the baseball spirit. Don’t worry about your gloves or cleats. You might just want your wallet or your library card because this team is all about reading and not running. (Separately, maybe. I wouldn’t recommend doing both at the same time.) Here are nine books (for nine positions) that I’m challenging myself to read from today (April 5) until late October when one team out of thirty is awarded that world championship trophy. It might see far away, but it will fly by.
P: My 13th Season by Kristi Roberts
C: Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
So what do you say? Are you ready for some baseball? I certainly am! Here’s wishing your team great health and lots of luck this season!
Let’s play ball (or books)!
Psst: Let’s not leave anyone out. If you are in the market for some non-fiction baseball picks, here’s a great roundup featured on Esquire recently.