Pitchers and Catchers Report (52/365)

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When you live in a northern state like Wisconsin, and you’re a baseball fan, the words, “Pitchers and Catchers Report” offer you a glimmer of hope.  Like a ray of sunshine peaking over the horizon, those four words speak of hope, of new beginnings.

My father asked me when I was young.  “Dave, do you know the four most beautiful words in the English language?”

“No,” I replied.

“Pitchers and catchers report!” he’d sound off proudly.

He’s a wise man, my father.  I never understood how wise until I grew older.  Such beauty, such grace in these four words  So much so, that I wrote a poem in its honor.

Enjoy some grapefruit.  Touch a cactus.  It’s time to throw the old baseball around.

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