The wait is over. Well, almost, anyway. Tomorrow is Opening Day, which essentially makes today the Christmas Eve of baseball season. And much like Christmas I wonder if Opening Day will be a disappointment.
Not because it won't be good, mind you. I have a feeling Opening Day will be just fine, with plenty of pageantry and more pomp than you can shake a stick at. There will be a parade of current and former players, there will be red clothing as far as the eye can see, there will be a mob of people downtown all milling happily about, there will be a baseball game. It will be as good as anything has ever been, or will ever be, regardless of how the game ultimately turns out.
But in another way, Opening Day is the end of a dream, just as Christmas morning is always the end of a dream. You go out and pick out gifts, all the while imagining the delighted reactions of the people you're picking them out for. You dream of the gasps and grins and you smile. The day comes, the presents are opened, and the reactions, precious as they may be, are real. Set in stone, set in reality. No more dreaming about the outcome. It's now an actual, you might say.
Our dream about the baseball season is almost over. No more wishcasting or forecasting. Just the actual. There will be baseball played tomorrow, and it will be glorious. But no matter how glorious it may be, we won't be able to imagine how it will be anymore. Anticipation is perhaps the greatest thing in life. Like everything else in life, though, anticipation always comes to an end, when the actual comes along. There's solace to be had, luckily. Reality has its own appeal.
It's almost Opening Day. Let's celebrate with a little chat. Whatever you like, as usual. I'll be here for about two hours or so.
A final note: to the reader who sent me an email last week requesting directions to something, please email me again. I erased the conversation by mistake cleaning stuff out of my phone and no longer remember your address. My apologies.
The Baron's Playlist for the 30th of March, 2011: The 1990s in video form #4 (Final)
"About a Girl" - Nirvana (You could also go with In Bloom here)
"Tonight Tonight" - Smashing Pumpkins (I wanted to go with Disarm here, but this video was just too good.)
"All is Full of Love" - Bjork (again, I wanted to go with It's Oh So Quiet, but this video is better)
"Come on My Selector" - Squarepusher (This one really belongs in last week's list, along with Come to Daddy)
"This is Hardcore" - Pulp (This may be my single favourite music video ever)