Toronto Mike

The Thrill of the Grass

Blue Jays

Inhale deeply, close your eyes and listen closely.  Can you hear it?  I hear wind rustling between long blades of grass while the crack of the bat echoes in the background.  There's the sound of ball on leather and a crowd erupting in cheer following a two-bagger for the home team.  And then, there's one of my favourite sounds in the world.  The sound of Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth calling Blue Jays baseball.

A smile creeps upon my face when I think about turning on my radio and hearing those two describing a ball game.  Their tones have been bringing me baseball for as long as I can remember.  A glance at the Spring Training schedule reveals the Jays battle the Minnesota Twins tomorrow in Fort Myer to begin their Grapefruit schedule.  Soon the season will start afresh with a clean slate.  We're tied in first and right with the Yankees and Red Sox.  It's a time of optimism and hope.  It's time for Tom and Jerry.

Go Jays Go.

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