It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No it’s not Christmas, no it’s not Valentine’s Day, no it’s not Thanksgiving, it’s baseball season. The 2010 season is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. Every fan has the greatest expectations for their team, even if its the Baltimore Orioles (don’t worry I grew up a fan!), because a new season means new hope.

I grew up in Maryland during the Cal Ripken era and was a black and orange Orioles fan, but since I moved to the greater Los Angeles area my blood has turned blue. I have become a die hard Los Angeles Dodgers fan (Mannywood and all!). The last two seasons have been great except for those blasted Phillies. Anyway, there is nothing quite like walking into Dodger Stadium for the first time in a new season. “Think Blue” on the hillside of Chavez Ravine, the lights of downtown glowing in the early evening, the crack of the bat and the thump of a ball landing in a glove, Dodger Dogs and garlic fries, and the list of wonderful things could go on and on.

163 games or so from now most fans will be gearing up for a long, cold winter, but I’m hoping that baseball here in southern California goes deep into October.

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One comment on “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

  1. Phil says:

    Dodgers are an enigma. Kemp and Kershaw are the only players who are obviously trending up. Ethier and Broxton are in their primes. Blake, Furcal, Manny, Padilla and Kuroda are all on the downside of their careers, though Manny and Kuroda still look like pretty good players. DeWitt is a giant question mark. So I think the season depends on the development of Loney, Martin and Billingsley. All three seemed to have peaked way too early in their careers. If they can continue to develop, the Dodgers should be good. But it’s hard to tell which direction they’re going.

    Unfortunately, I think Colorado will win the NL West this year.

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