What is it about April baseball that brings out the panic in all of us?
I admit it, I am guilty of it too. Who isn’t? We try our best to be patient, to give our team some space as they meld together as teammates, deal with a new manager or a new ballpark.
But then we see our boys start the season with a 2-and-12 record, and we completely lose our shit. Never mind that there are still five months and 140-or-so games left to be played. We declare the season over on April 16th.
It’s easy for me to say to you “Calm down, it’s a looong season.” After all, you know how my Yankees are doing right now. But it was only a year ago that I was getting ribbed by Red Sox fans for Sabathia’s shaky start with his new team, A-Rod’s recovery from hip surgery (and the possibility that his sideshow would negatively affect the clubhouse) and the fact that the new Stadium was a freaking launch pad for home runs. Remember how the AL East looked last April 16th? Allow me to refresh your memory.
My response to all of this? Um, it’s early in the season. And yet I was still mocked.
Now let’s look at those standings from last September 16th:
And we all know how the season ended.
My point? Come back from the ledge. So the Orioles are off to a rotten start. So the Astros are already 1700 games behind the Cards. While it may be hard to watch our teams stumble, it is way to early to give up on the season. An elite team may lose key players to injuries or its clubhouse chemistry may go to hell. A team playing like crap in April can get hot in June. The Red Sox could choke. There is so much baseball left to be played – don’t throw in the towel just yet!
Here at Ladies… we don’t judge (well, not our readers, anyway). If you’re still feeling early season anxiety, please vent below. But remember, it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.