This past weekend, I sat for an extra moment after the final out was called at Target Field. The home team may have lost, but much opportunity lay ahead now that the regular season had closed.
Ask any baseball fan about their favorite part of the lengthy season and the vast majority will respond with two simple words: October baseball.
It’s an exciting time to be a baseball fan. My roommate and I have cheered together as we each have secured tickets for several of the home playoff games.
My co-workers and I have chatted more each morning as the playoffs approached. Even my parents, who are far from sports fans, recently remarked, “What a fun time for Twins fans!”
The excitement in the air is almost tangible. No matter what team you follow, root for or cheer against, the whole country seems caught up in America’s favorite pastime, watching history be made.
I’ve welcomed this new-found excitement with open arms. It’s so easy to become entrenched in the nine-to-five work day, complete with the same commute and bag lunch. Habits become routines, and it’s nearly impossible not to slide into a sense of complacency when each day seems to roll into the next.
As Catholic singles, it’s even easier to become stagnant when we’re waiting for the right person to enter our lives.
But October baseball, just like any high point in our lives, does not come by itself: 162 games were played before the playoffs began this week and not every game ended with a dramatic strike-out or walk-off home run. Our everyday experiences build upon each other and lead to those moments in life where we wish time would stand still.
No matter how far my Twins advance into the playoffs, I hope to carry that excitement with me in the days and weeks to come. Today, no matter how dull or monotonous, is a gift from our Creator, so throw on your baseball cap and cheer on the One who blesses us with a little October-baseball excitement every day.