Forget about Christmas, baseball season is MY most wonderful time of year

By ANDREW ABADIE,

The most wonderful time of year is upon us and it’s in the air. No, it’s not Valentine’s day. 

 

I mean the greatest time of year. 

 

Take the backseat Christmas, I’m talking about baseball season. Simply put, he final countdown for opening day and opening weekend is here.

 

Most people would call this spring, but for me I specifically call this time of year baseball season, which dates back to my childhood. 

 

As a kid, my parents took me to Turchin Stadium in New Orleans to watch Tulane baseball games. At that time in the 2000s, Tulane featured some of its most legendary teams and players, which made each game even more special. Those memories stuck with me and mentally I define mid-February to mid-June as ‘baseball season’. 

 

Southern Miss baseball easily captures that passion and environment that I remember as a kid for a number of reasons. Like Tulane at that time, Southern Miss is maybe a more unlikely dynasty. It’s rivalry with Ole Miss and especially Mississippi State remind of the heated Tulane-LSU baseball games in the 2000s. 

 

The comradery and excitement about baseball season in South Mississippi I don’t think can be matched anywhere else and unlike Christmas, this time of year lasts for five months. 

 

But as I have come to figure out and define this special time of year, I have realized that there are several other factors that make the season even more special.  

 

For starters, baseball season is obviously shared by softball. One day in high school, I was flipping channels and caught the end of Florida and Alabama playing for the national championship. I witnessed momentum shifts, great defensive plays and just pure excitement. Ever since then, I have religiously watched the softball NCAA tournament and every year I find myself just as entertained as the last. 

 

Until I became a college student, I had never had a softball team to really pay attention too until I stepped on USM’s campus. Take this for what it’s worth, but I think Southern Miss softball will be a lot of fun to watch this season. 

 

Now although baseball and softball make up a large part of the greatness that makes this time of year, there are outside factors that play roles also.  

 

Next let’s add into the fact that in South Mississippi between roughly February and the end of April (if we’re lucky), in my mind brings the most comfortable weather. The days where you can choose to wear either shorts or pants, or shirts or jackets and be still comfortable are the absolute best. You can just sit outside all day and the thought of going inside never encroaches in the mind. 

 

Most weekends from middle school to end the of high school my Sundays were spent laying in a hammock listening to Todd Graffagnini’s play-by-play of the Green Wave and enjoying the small window of great weather. Notably, Southern Mississippi baseball fans have it better since the humidity isn’t as bad, as in New Orleans, so the nice weather lasts longer. 

 

Now let’s think for a second, we have sports, great weather but what’s missing? Ah yes, food. As Southerner’s, food revolves around pretty much around everything we do and there is one special delicacy that happens to be only in season during baseball… crawfish. Subconsciously, when you think of crawfish it’s that special treat that you wait tirelessly for every year.

 

Can you picture a more perfect day than having a crawfish boil at home with a baseball game on the radio or on television? Better yet, can you imagine spending your morning watching baseball and then after the game boiling a sack of crawfish with your friends and/or family?

 

I didn’t think so. Nothing beats this time of year so take advantage of it while you can.

 

The most wonderful time of year is upon us and it’s in the air. No, it’s not Valentine’s day.

I mean the greatest time of year.

Take the backseat Christmas, I’m talking about baseball season. Simply put, the final countdown for opening day and opening weekend is here.

Most people would call this spring, but for me I specifically call this time of year baseball season, which dates back to my childhood.

As a kid, my parents took me to Turchin Stadium in New Orleans to watch Tulane baseball games. At that time in the 2000s, Tulane featured some of its most legendary teams and players, which made each game even more special. Those memories stuck with me and mentally I define mid-February to mid-June as ‘baseball season’.

Southern Miss baseball easily captures that passion and environment that I remember as a kid for a number of reasons. Like Tulane at that time, Southern Miss is maybe a more unlikely dynasty. It’s rivalry with Ole Miss and especially Mississippi State remind of the heated Tulane-LSU baseball games in the 2000s.

The comradery and excitement about baseball season in South Mississippi I don’t think can be matched anywhere else and unlike Christmas, this time of year lasts for five months.

But as I have come to figure out and define this special time of year, I have realized that there are several other factors that make the season even more special. 

For starters, baseball season is obviously shared by softball. One day in high school, I was flipping channels and caught the end of Florida and Alabama playing for the national championship. I witnessed momentum shifts, great defensive plays and just pure excitement. Ever since then, I have religiously watched the softball NCAA tournament and every year I find myself just as entertained as the last.

Until I became a college student, I had never had a softball team to really pay attention to until I stepped on USM’s campus. Take this for what it’s worth, but I think Southern Miss softball will be a lot of fun to watch this season.

Now although baseball and softball make up a large part of the greatness that makes this time of year, there are outside factors that play roles also. 

Next let’s add into the fact that in South Mississippi between roughly February and the end of April (if we’re lucky), in my mind brings the most comfortable weather. The days where you can choose to wear either shorts or pants, or shirts or jackets and be still comfortable are the absolute best. You can just sit outside all day and the thought of going inside never encroaches in the mind.

Most weekends from middle school to the end of high school my Sundays were spent laying in a hammock listening to Todd Graffagnini’s play-by-play of the Green Wave and enjoying the small window of great weather. Notably, Southern Mississippi baseball fans have it better since the humidity isn’t as bad, as in New Orleans, so the nice weather lasts longer.

Now let’s think for a second, we have sports, great weather but what’s missing? Ah yes, food. As Southerner’s, food revolves around pretty much around everything we do and there is one special delicacy that happens to be only in season during baseball… crawfish. Subconsciously, when you think of crawfish it’s that special treat that you wait tirelessly for every year.

Can you picture a more perfect day than having a crawfish boil at home with a baseball game on the radio or on television? Better yet, can you imagine spending your morning watching baseball and then after the game boiling a sack of crawfish with your friends and/or family?

I didn’t think so. Nothing beats this time of year so take advantage of it while you can.