Opening Day

April through October are months of joy,
when men chase after a stitched-up toy.
Bats, gloves, uniforms, and gear galore,
make up what is now called baseball lore.

Baseball hasn’t changed much from its start,
but has grown enormously in mans heart.
Still played inning by inning,
just as it was in the beginning.

Catchers used to play without a mask,
and that was truly an enormous task.
Protection was not a primary concern,
when baseball was becoming a game to learn.

Equipment has improved over the years,
but today a fastball can stir some fears.
Rules have changed to accommodate the game,
but the best of the best can still have fame.

Power, defense, offense, or pitching stats,
each talent counts more than just at-bats.
Specialists come in for just one out,
managers confident without a doubt.

I think the hitters of days gone by,
were better hitters with a keener eye.
No AstroTurf or manicured field,
no hindsight or re-run reels.

Not just baseball, but all sports we play,
have become a part of the modern day.
Computers and technology have become mainstream,
and sports in the living room is everyone’s dream.

So everyone who has a baseball bat,
can also wear his team’s favorite hat.
Baseball belongs as part of it all,
as the umpire yells, “Play ball!”

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