Often around this time of the month in January, I will hold onto any small change in the weather that appears to be the beginning of warmer, spring weather with it. Thus far in this new year of 2013, there have been no such signs!
Spring time is loved by many people here in Michigan because it brings new life with it. We are thrilled at the first signs of spring like early blooming flowers that can protrude even through leftover snow that’s still melting around us. This begins our mental checklist of things to get done as spring approaches and what projects we wish to work on when it’s finally here. We look forward to the first time we can open our windows and let that fresh spring air flow through our homes that have been sealed tight to keep out winter’s harsh cold. And of course for each MLB team, a fresh baseball season.
“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
Admittedly, my mind drifts to baseball as I stand outside on an early spring day. I breathe in deeply and can smell baseball, ahh the scent of a new season as the spring sun warms your face. Makes me smile.
As much as I love gardening, spring-like weather just reminds me that MLB’s Opening Day is around the corner. On a cooler spring day here in Brooklyn, MI , I think to myself “these temps would still add an extra sting to a batter’s hands.” Why do I say “add”? Well, it’s my opinion that the temperature only adds to the sting a batter experiences when hitting the baseball. Hitting the ball off the handle of the bat is from poor timing and/or a pitcher jamming you inside most likely. I believe it has little to do with how hard you grip the bat and everything to do with how close the ball hits the sweet spot on the barrel of the bat. Batters can experience the hand stinging in very cold temperatures to very hot temperatures.
When it comes down to it, good pitchers are the main source for bat sting. Ask any pitcher, he’ll tell you 🙂