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Kevin Hieronymus

Please, Mother Nature, let the games begin

I know it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature as those of us growing up in the ‘70s remember from the old Chiffon margarine commercials.

But come on, Mother Nature, it’s not nice to have you fool with our spring sports season as you have been doing this year.

Our spring sports teams have been practicing for nearly five weeks now and have relatively nothing to show for it. Or least have the opportunity show what they’re made of.

These athletes and coaches have put a lot of time in (I would say on the practice field, but I can’t) and are anxious to play and see how they match up with their opponents on the playing field.

Talk about your cabin fever. Our teams have been cooped up indoors so long they don’t remember what the chalk lines on the ball diamond look like or how the green grass is supposed to smell. They’re going to need a GPS to help them find their way back to the fields, it’s been so long.

We expect to lose ballgames during the spring because of the rainy spring weather (remember, we haven’t had those kind of cancellations yet). But losing out on games because of recurring snow storms and cold temps is something we haven’t banked on. We don’t hear Al Gore talking about global warming these days, do we.

I know we were all spoiled when you blessed us with such nice weather a year ago (it was 75 degrees on March 26, 2012, according to the weather files kept here by BCR weatherman Lyle Ganther). And we probably didn’t thank you nearly enough for that.

But we’ve lost 110 out of 112 scheduled games so far and that toll will likely to continue to climb throughout the week. There’s only so many certain dates available for athletic directors to reschedule these lost games and that’s not taking in consideration any future cancellations.

I’ve always been of the belief that the good Lord has brought rain when he saw the need to slow us busy people down when we get too engulfed in the games we play. I know I’ve given thanks over the years when the ol’ sports editor has found himself coming and going to a myriad of non-stop games.

Now, it’s time to let the games begin. The kids are ready to play and moms and dads are ready to watch. No more curve balls, Mother Nature. Let these kids play.

Happ-y days: Looks like J.A. Happ, the pride of St. Bede Academy, has sewn up the fifth starter’s job for the Blue Jays after. He’s been nothing short of spectacular in the Jays’ camp in Dunedin, Fla. with a 1-1 record and 1.89 ERA in 19 innings pitched, but was ticketed for a bullpen or minor league assignment. His chief competition, Ricky Romero, however, was the one sent to Triple A Buffalo. Way to go J.A.

March Madness: How’s your brackets going? I’m sure you, like me, never had Florida Gulf Coast University beat Georgetown.

My old pal Brent Kopp reports that they’re dancing in the streets in Fort Myers, Fla., where Cinderella FGCU is making its amazing run to the NCAA Sweet 16. He’s the PA man for FGCU and taking in the moments closely. ESPN started off Sports Center Monday with a pep rally from the FGCU campus. He “says no one’s ever dreamed this.”

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