We may have had 99 problems, but, friends, a baseball lockout ain’t one anymore!
And while we are talking about things to be grateful for, I almost went with a 99 luft balloons reference.
Oops, there it is anyway. At least it’s tempered with a Scrubs gif. Everything is better with a Scrubs gif.
So the dark cloud has lifted and after 99 days of baseball lockout, there is an agreement on a new CBA, Spring Training has started and the season begins on April 7, 2022. The beauty of baseball has returned to us:
welcome back, baseball. pic.twitter.com/rFK1kmPQu0
— Joe Ruffalo (@jruff96) March 10, 2022
Along with the nostalgia and the romance:
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) March 11, 2022
The bond we share, even between rivals:
— The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com (@ny_extra) March 11, 2022
And this, where baseball and true love collide:
My mom’s excited for baseball to be back 😂 pic.twitter.com/7qNn4VC5q7
— Taylor Jenkins (@TJenkinsTampa) March 11, 2022
“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra
There Was Excitement
As you get older, the magic of certain things fades. Whether it’s Christmas morning, the first snow of winter, or a bowl of ice cream for dinner, the things that made us go wide-eyed as children don’t always carry the same oomph as adults.
Okay, ice cream is still awesome.
And so is baseball; it is one of those rare things that make me just as happy and giddy for the start of a new season as I was when I was 10. And 11. And 12. There are more numbers between 12 and my current age than I’d like to admit so I’ll assume I’ve made my point. You know what I mean. You feel it too. It resonated throughout Twitter like a wrecking ball:
"Today is a really, really big day in Major League Baseball history"
— Flippin' Bats Podcast (@FlippinBatsPod) March 11, 2022
— Rod Carew (@RodCarew_29) March 10, 2022
Thought I was gonna be called in. All ready to go! Baseball is back! I’m ready to play got to be CENTERFIELD ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/dIpNhooqmQ
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) March 11, 2022
— Lines Sports (@Lines) March 10, 2022
The Players are Pumped
You love to see it. Sure, it’s their job, but not everybody is as psyched to get out of bed to go to work. I truly appreciate when the players look and feel as though they are just excited about the game I love as I am; when they act like fans of their own teams. And is there anybody who plays with more of that joy than Juan Soto?
You guys think @JuanSoto25_ is excited baseball’s back?
(🎥 from his IG) pic.twitter.com/rCHwiziR1j
— Matt Weyrich (@ByMattWeyrich) March 10, 2022
It’s also super dope when the players show their personalities, almost like wearing them on their sleeves. Or, perhaps, their T-shirts:
My guy @redturn2 making a statement on the first day😎
— Baseball Isn’t Boring (@BBisntBoring) March 12, 2022
It may be expressed with a little swagger:
Who else is excited for baseball to be back!? pic.twitter.com/JZx2D12szp
— Bobby Bradley (@b_bradley_44) March 10, 2022
A wry smile:
The MVP has arrived pic.twitter.com/fEPjcuEEhQ
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) March 11, 2022
Pure energetic enthusiasm:
Baseball is back 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/6cWdkRLMgQ
— Jonathan India (@JonathanIndia) March 10, 2022
Or whatever you want to call this:
— Luis Urias (@LuisUrias03) March 11, 2022
It might even look more like a psychopathic killer on the loose:
That feeling when baseball is back. Let’s Go! pic.twitter.com/ZcvvWZG7Dy
— Garrett Cooper (@CoopaLoop1) March 10, 2022
Or it could look like friendship:
It's Friday 🤝 Baseball is back
Reasons to smile pic.twitter.com/wDem3WHlkv
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) March 11, 2022
Or whatever is going on here:
Glasnow is happy to be back 🤣 pic.twitter.com/yaN4sJn0QZ
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) March 11, 2022
The bottom line is that the players will be back on the field playing regular-season baseball in less than a month!
Some Spring Training Action Already
Here’s a collection of Tweets showing baseball players playing baseball. This first one is NSFW, so leave the audio off around small children and Nick so that I don’t get fired:
To translate what Liam said, he is excited baseball is back. pic.twitter.com/D2hJ8BiDT8
— BoSox Breakdown (@bosox_breakdown) March 12, 2022
Here is some inspiring breaking news:
Globe exclusive. Alex Cora walks across the field. pic.twitter.com/6i8EveShL8
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 11, 2022
And this is some actual baseball:
Vladdy’s back hitting rockets 😍 pic.twitter.com/9EMyaHGkVZ
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) March 11, 2022
— Beyond the Monster (@BeyondtheMnstr) March 11, 2022
That’s a knock!
— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) March 11, 2022
Baseball is back. ✅#Orioles intrasquad sim game. Carter Baumler walks Adley Rutschman. Grayson Rodriguez set to throw as well. Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadiym complex. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/hmQHhTjEJm
— Scott Greene (@Scotty_Ballgame) March 11, 2022
Max Scherzer sighting at @Mets Spring Training 😎
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 11, 2022
As awful as it felt to wait out the hiatus, and to read about and see how terribly the negotiations were going at one point, it feels excellent to have it back. The owners still stink. The players still deserve better. The minor-leaguers are all still getting shafted, but for one, glorious moment, we all get to revel in this fact:
BASEBALL IS BACK!!! pic.twitter.com/x89PcTbZTQ
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 10, 2022
Happy baseball season everybody! May it go well for you and your team, but not as well as it goes for me and mine!
Photo by Emmanouil Solidakis | Adapted by Ethan Kaplan (@DJFreddie10 on Twitter and @EthanMKaplanImages on Instagram)