Rainouts and New Days

Yesterday Joel and I were to begin our journey through Georgia and Alabama to begin the process of trying to find out what baseball means in America.  I personally had been like a kid the few days before Christmas for the past two weeks, patiently waiting to open my presents of baseball games.  However, mother nature had different plans for us.

We headed out around two in the afternoon to make the short trip from Dallas, GA to Rome to see the Braves class A club.  We were ready to enjoy our VIP tickets right behind the Braves dugout and have a few beers at a pre-game party at the stadium (if there is one thing we both love as much as baseball, it is good beer).  But about halfway through the hour long drive the bottom fell out of the sky dashing our hopes to get in our first game.  We looked at the radar and decided that the rain would pass over in time to catch the game and get our first interview of the trip with the Rome Braves general manager.

As soon as we pulled into the driveway of a good friend in Rome, who was letting us stay with her for the night we got an email from the front office of the Braves letting us know that the game was cancelled and wanting us to reschedule our interview.  We quickly regrouped and looked at the schedules of all the teams within driving distance of Rome.  Unfortunately, both Chattanooga and Nashville were out of town last night and Memphis was just a little too far to make it by game time.

After these plans were immediately squashed, we decided to head on to Huntsville, where we would have more friends to stay with and could catch Stars game a day early.  After driving through about an hour of rain the skies cleared up, but not enough to keep the Stars from taking the field.  We were rained out TWICE in one day!

To two baseball nuts excited about hitting the road to understand what the game means to these four cities, this was all an extreme disappointment.  But after having a great evening with old friends in Huntsville, I woke up this morning and realized that today was a new day.  The sun is shining with only a few white clouds in the sky, and we have another chance to watch the greatest game on earth.  That is one thing that makes baseball the prototype for the perfect sport.  With so many games in a season, one bad day doesn’t make or break anything.  Like Joel wrote earlier in the week, baseball is about the frailty and the imperfectness of humanity.  But tomorrow we can always strive to be perfect.  One error doesn’t make a season and one rainout doesn’t make a roadtrip.  Tonight we will be ready to root for the home team, in this case, the Huntsville Stars.

I leave you with the lyrics to a Grateful Dead song that was playing the car on the way to Huntsville, that seem very appropriate for yesterday’s events:

Awoke today, felt your side of the bed;
The covers were still warm where you been layin’.
You were gone, oh gone, my heart was filled with dread;
You might not be sleeping here again.
But it’s alright cause I love you, and that’s not going to change.
Run me around and make me hurt again and again.
But I’ll still sing you love songs, written in the letters of your name.
The rain is gonna come, oh it surely looks like rain

Did you ever waken to the sound of street cats making love?
You guess from the cries you were listening to a fight.
Well you know, oh know, haste is the last thing they’re thinking of.
You know they’re only tryin’ to make it thru the night.

I only want to hold you, I don’t want to tie you down
Or fit you in the lines I might’ve drawn.
It’s just that I, oh I, have gotten used to havin’ you around.
The landscape would be empty, if you were gone;
But it’s alright cause I love you, and that’s not going to change.
Run me around and make me hurt again and again.
But I’ll still sing you love songs, written in the letter of your name.
The rain is gonna come, oh it surely looks like rain.

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