Suns rise over the ballparks.
Lucky mitts are dusted off.
Pitchers and catchers report.
Familiar emotion-manipulating articles about the majesty of baseball begins.
Baseball spring training is here and the players are not the only ones getting a head start this year. Members of the mainstream media are frantically dusting off their old, nostalgic photos of baseball; many featuring silhouettes of legendary players leaning on bats, of an obscure team favorite laughing, a child’s first ballpark visit or, most popular, an unknown groundskeeper watering the field.
The start of the baseball season is an exciting time for those owning tear jerking photographs of the past. “This is definitely our busy season,” said old photographer Mort Charlock. “People don’t want expensively framed photos of an umpire ejecting Casey Stengel with the caption ‘heave ho, umpire!’ Nut now some old journalists who needs to write about baseball despite their being literally nothing to say will rehash an old article, find a familiar picture and maybe force in a tenuous connection with a memory he has of his father.”
More importantly, since this is the most popular time of the year for these photos, old-timey caption writers are working round the clock in their small, wooden shacks that has always been in the family, to write appropriate captions such as:
Doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but how you play the game…
Here we are boys!
Of course there are always the mavericks of the group. Alaister McCullough frequently writes racy captions such as: “Let’s play hard fellows!”
But we can all agree: every journalist wrote an article about the beauty surrounding spring training fifteen years ago and has been subbing out team names in the same article ever since. Kind of like this one time my dad took me to my first ball game…