The Sun Also Rises

3 Apr

As if the picture and the Hemingway-esque headline don’t give it away, I am spending a couple of days in the Florida Keys with my family and some friends during my son’s Spring Break.  Ironically, the day I arrived in Florida was the same day the Phillies broke camp and headed home to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.

First order of business was their 2-game ‘get ready for prime time’ exhibition series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the first of which they won last night when  Freddy Galvis, the Phillies new starting second baseman until Chase returns, broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with a game-winning triple.  Let’s hope that Freddy will continue to be a “Key” to the Phillies success this year.

The sun will rise on the real 2012 season Thursday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, where the Phillies will begin a journey to what they hope will be their sixth consecutive National League East championship.  Let me say that one more time–sixth consecutive NL East championship.

Although we all know that their real goal (and ours) is to finally win that elusive second World Series championship in five seasons, let’s just take this one minute, before the roller coaster ride of the season begins, to appreciate the embarrassment of riches we have enjoyed as fans of this Phillies team.  And though they are beginning to show their age and there are some cracks (some might say earthquake-sized) in this once-mighty lineup, we have been privileged to watch good, no great, no at times truly amazing baseball for many years now.

So before we start bemoaning the absence of Chase and Ryan and the lack of a consistent offense and all the other things we will certainly be analyzing and agonizing over during this season, let’s remember to be grateful for the ride we’ve enjoyed.  And as my good friend Ray would say, “Don’t read ahead.”

That’s right, you know how I feel about wishing the season away!  Every game is not a countdown to the World Series.  I’m just going to try to enjoy this season, and this team, flaws and all.

After all, it takes a few clouds to make a beautiful sunset.


3 Responses to “The Sun Also Rises”

  1. Ray April 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm #


    First off..i must say…so jealous………….the keys….

    It will be good to see how our new pieces fit in and if our regulars can stay healthly all season. As we have seen before, it doesnt matter if we are first in everything, we just need to get into the playoffs. So, taking it one game at a time, one day at a time is the way to go.

    I am sure you are seeing some of those beautiful sunsets in the keys 🙂

    • girlsbestphriend April 6, 2012 at 11:54 am #

      Absolutely. That was my picture taken at sunrise. Pretty amazing sight!

  2. geetie cohen April 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    True dedication a blog from the keys!To quote a line from Death of a Salesman,”Respect must be paid”,and that I will do for the seasons past.. I remember the lean years all too well

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