Today should be a national holiday
Back in the late 90s & early 2000s, Greg Shea had an AOL sports column that he then spun into a site called TheCloser.com. The site is long gone, taken over by a goofy looking mortgage broker.
However, before his site’s demise, Greg wrote one of the best baseball pieces I have ever read for Opening Day 2000. After searching for a while through web archives & old newsgroups, I’ve managed to track it down (though I did have to remove lines that had been modified by someone else). The reference to McGwire and Sosa remains, but hey, this was 2000 – that was a much simpler time.
I present to you “Today” by Greg Shea. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did 7 years ago, and still do today.
By Greg Shea
Today you’ll dig in the closet for your glove and snap a ball into it while sipping your morning coffee.
Today as the toast comes out of the toaster, you’ll still remember how to execute a perfect “pop-up” slide.
Today you’ll drive to work and admonish yourself to “keep your head down” and your eye on the road.
Today your team will be in first and planning to stay there.
Today you’ll end your contract holdout.
Today you’ll still be able to turn the double play.
Today you won’t lose a business deal in the sun.
Today you’ll find yourself rotating your arm around your head to stretch the shoulder and keep it loose.
Today someone asks if you’ll be at the meeting and you respond by saying, “Let’s play two.”
Today you spend an hour in the attic with old baseball cards and dusty Sports Illustrateds.
Today sunflower seeds strangely find their way into your back pocket.
Today you’ll think of wearing a black suit to match the eye black.
Today you’ll have the steal sign.
Today you slip up in a meeting and mention “our sales team … vs. lefties.”
Today a hot dog and peanuts for lunch will sound about right.
Today you tell a coworker to “warm up.”
Today the only strike you’ll know about is above the knees and below the armpits.
Today you’ll wear your jacket only on your pitching arm.
Today you’ll buy two packs of gum and stuff them in the side of your mouth.
Today, during lunch, you’ll wonder why Coke doesn’t come in a wood can.
Today you’ll scratch yourself and spit for no apparent reason.
Today you’ll wonder why stirrup socks never caught on.
Today you’ll be the rookie looking to make it big.
Today you’ll be the wily vet with just a little something left.
Today you’ll look for the AM dial on your radio.
Today your glove is hanging off the handlebars of your bike.
Today seems like a good day for an ice cream before you head home.
Today is all about box scores and Baseball Tonight.
Today your first coach is cheering. Still.
Today mom’s watching.
Today dad’s in the backyard … with his glove.
Today it’ll still be a kids’ game.
Today you’ll be a kid.
Today is Opening Day.
Source : (Some old Listserv)
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