Okay so I combined it with that other silly "holiday", Valentine's Day, but today is sooo much more special.
Even walking through this hideous melting snow-mess that is our city, I'm grinning ear to ear and tappin' my feet because right now, down in sunny Arizona (I believe the high is gonna be 81 degrees), Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster, Geo Soto, Matt Garza, Carlos Zambrano, Randy Wells, Casey Coleman, Carlos Marmol, Carlos Silva, kids, veterans, pitchers, catchers, some position guys...they're all tossing a hardball around.
And that makes us happy.
It's Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report Day, 2011.
Hey Frosty The Snowman, you look a little soggy!
Hey Mr. Snow Shovel, shovel this!
Hey Tom Skilling - I don't care what your forecast is, bro - Old Man Winter can kiss my blizzard.
So begins our journey into the 109th Chicago Cubs season (actually the 135th for the organization, if you go back to the White Stockings, Colts, and Orphans).
There is nothing like the beginning of a new baseball season, and while there's lots of stuff that will happen between now and Opening Day, let us all take a moment today and give thanks to the Baseball Gods for another Spring about to spring.
Go Chicago Cubs!
ps: Throughout this season, we'll all be thinking about Ron. There will be black armbands on uniforms and I'm sure many dedications to come, not to mention his obvious absence which is going to spur all kinds of grieving all over again.
So lets just work thru it together and try to keep it celebratory.
Even through all his hardships, that old Cub managed to have alot of fun.