I am here to tell you that spring is here.
I know that some of you people up north want to kick me in the balls right now because it is still cold there and you still have snow on the ground. I am truly sorry that you still have to deal with old man winter.
But spring is here for me. The birds are chirping and singing, the trees and flowers are starting to bloom, and the temperature has been starting to get close to 80 for the last couple of weeks.
Those are good reasons why I think that spring is here, but it is not the main reason that I think spring has arrived. The main reason I am declaring that spring is here is that the college baseball season has arrived once again.
This past weekend was the annual “College Classic” baseball series here in Houston at Minute Maid Park. There were six college teams (Kentucky, Baylor, Utah, Texas A&M, Rice, and University of Houston) playing here with three games on Friday, three on Saturday, and three on Sunday.
You see I take my kids to this grand spring time event at least on one of the days every year. And this year was not any different. Since my daughter was spending the weekend with her best friend at her family’s beach house for Mardi Gras, it was just me and my son this year. There is nothing wrong at all with just some dad and son bonding time at a ball game if you ask me.
We went to watch the second and third games this past Saturday. We first saw my Alma Mater University of Houston play University of Kentucky (or as my son calls them “yucky-tucky”). UofH beat Kentucky 8-5 in a game that saw UofH score 6 runs in the 6th inning. I caught a foul ball during the game and also had myself shown on the jumbotron tv screen inside the stadium.
In the night cap game we watched Texas A&M play Rice. It was a good close game that Rice won 1-0. It was funny because my son wore his favorite University of Texas sweatshirt to the games and we were sitting on the A&M side during their game. The young woman right behind us kept heckling my son about being a Texas fan. My son turned around and told her that “Texas may have lost to A&M this year in football, but A&M still sucks at basketball and baseball”. She did not say another word to my son about being a fan of the University of Texas. Yep, he is indeed my son and not afraid to call it like he sees it.
So in a nutshell, college baseball has come, and that means that spring has come as well. I hope it warms up for all of you “northerners” out there sometime in the near future.