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The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of 28!
The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of '28!
By Georgie London, Staff Writer
Published May 13, 2024
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Beginning of season excites sport’s fans

To be entirely honest, I am not that much of a basketball fan.So, when the NCAA Championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Florida Gators took place Monday, I was far from being up in arms over the fuss.

Instead, I was happy to know that baseball season was officially underway.

It is understood that college ball has been going on for the past two months, but the atmosphere presented by the smell of dirt, a vendor hawking hotdogs and the unmistakable sound of ash meeting cowhide is something that brings a warm feeling to me amid the April showers.

Monday night’s ESPN coverage was dominated by baseball montage shows while only brief clips of Florida’s second consecutive national championship popped up in headlines.

Admittedly, it is unfair to the basketball teams for having minimal coverage over a historic night. For the first time in 15 years, a team won back-to-back NCAA titles, but the ticker on the bottom of the screen was flooded with scores from around the American and National Leagues, and it was a beautiful sight to see.

The return of baseball season means the national pastime is back for fans to complain about steroids scandals and to live and bleed stat lines for six solid months. The purists will be there talking about the days of old mentioning names like Mantle, Banks and Ryan, while the fantasy hungry stat junkies will foam at the mouth for Ryan Howard, Johan Santana and to a lesser extent, Chone Figgins.

For six months baseball will be king. How many other sports have the honor of being called the national pastime? How many sports can still bring a nation together in a time of war?

There is but one sport, one game, and for the next six months, 30 teams will wear the dirt of the ballpark home with hopes to become World Series Champions.

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