The World Series is behind us, at least some of the Red Sox are shaving off their beards and baseball fans the world over are gathering scraps to light the fire for the Hot Stove League. It’s a time for reflecting on the season past and recognizing that we have several fallow months ahead before the games resume in the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues in 2014.
In our annual ritual, the high priests of baseball here at the Ball Caps Blog and Countdown to Spring Training have pointed our Houston Astrolabes to the sky and fixed the date for the annual Baseball Solstice. It will be Dec. 29, the midpoint in the days between the final out of Cardinals-Bosox series and the first exhibition games of Spring Training.
The series ended Oct. 30, and the first exhibition games will be played Feb. 26 by six teams in Florida. (Sorry, Yankees fans. We’re not recognizing the Feb. 25 game against Florida State.)
We encourage all baseball fans to mark the solstice in a meaningful way.
Play a Wiffle ball game in the snow with the kids on the block. Thumb through your old sets of baseball cards. Pick up the phone and call Dad to thank him for insisting you not throw a curve until you were 15. Venture out into the night and look for the Star of Cooperstown.
Whatever you choose, make it a celebration of the One True Game.
8 thoughts on “Fixing the date for the annual Baseball Solstice: Dec. 29, 2013”
What an awesome post, Dan! Rest assured that I will indeed hold a righteous celebration, complete with a Louisiana Hot Link and a Diet Pepsi while seated in front of a TV set watching a ball game. Wahoo!
Michael / Grubby Glove
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Absolutely love this every year. Looking forward to rounding the corner and heading for home December 29!
Absolutely love this every year! Looking forward to rounding the corner and heading for home December 29!
Thanks, Paul! I’m trying to get MLB Network to take an interest. No word so far.