Take Me Out to the Ball Game

by Dave Weller

Spring has always been my favorite time of the year. I’ve always enjoyed the emerging flowers and plants after the long, cold winter.

But, the part of spring that I enjoy most is the start of baseball season! My favorite team is the San Francisco Giants. As a kid, I enjoyed watching Bobby Bonds, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Jack Clark, Gary Matthews and John “The Count” Montefusco. My all-time favorite, and childhood sports idol, was Willie Mays. I was crushed when he was traded in May of 1972 to the New York Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams and $50,000.

Willie Mays

My favorite team has had a lot of ups and downs. They are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. But, in my lifetime, they have never won the World Series. In 2002, the Giants came within six outs of winning it all, only to blow the lead and lose game six and then game seven to the California Angels. So close!

But, like the fresh rebirth of the flowers and trees after the long winter, the new baseball season brings a renewed hope for a successful season.

My Giants have started the season 3 – 0! Maybe this is finally the year!