Baseball is in the air, as Major League Baseball teams start the regular season this weekend. I love baseball, I love the fact of watching a game either on the TV or in person or fro that matter even listening to it on the radio. It is truly an American past time.

Baseball is in the air, as Major League Baseball teams start the regular season this weekend. I love baseball, I love the fact of watching a game either on the TV or in person or fro that matter even listening to it on the radio. It is truly an American past time.
Growing up, I would listen to the St. Louis Cardinals on the radio while taking a bike ride through Newtonia or on my way to Jolly Mill. Then there were times we would travel to either Kansas City or St. Louis, we would try to catch a ballgame.
The only baseball that I played in my youth was in the front yard. Dad would pitch the ball to Greg and I and would hit the ball or field the ball depending on who was at bat. Mom would be also outside helping us field the ball. Now my brother played a lot of baseball for one of the Stella school teams. I must say, he was great at it. His favorite player was St. Louis Cardinals Ozzie Smith. For those of us who remember Smith, he would always come to the field and do flips. Well you guessed it, Greg would do the same. I, on the other hand, would fill in if his team needed someone for an inning or two. Other than that, I was the batboy for the team.
Even though I love the game, I do remember one time on a summer vacation with my family that there was a choice between going to Six Flags amusement park or going to the game. I wanted to go to the amusement park, Mom, Dad and Greg wanted to go to game. I got voted out and yes, for a few minutes after we arrived, I was disappointed. Anyway, seeing that I was disappointed, my parents tried to cheer me up. They asked if I wanted a hamburger or pizza or pretzel. Knowing that I was hungry, I said yes.
Then came the souvenir time. The Cardinals played Pittsburg Pirates on that game. So as they purchased Cardinal items, I purchased Pirates attire. But you know what, that has haunted me for years. I should have said thanks for the baseball game. Ever since then, I have followed the Cardinals, religiously.
Fast-forward a few years, I met the love of my life, Tina, who actually grew up in the Houston, Texas area. It was early in our relationship that the subject of baseball came up. I of course told her that I follow the Cardinals and she in turn said that she followed the Houston Astros. Thank goodness that the Astros and the Cardinals are in separate leagues, but I am hopeful that this year our two teams will be in the World Series.
If that were the case, then I would love to go see a World Series game. Just think, I will have my Cardinals attire on and Tina will have her Astros attire on. Who knows, maybe we would be on TV, I know that reporters look for things like that.
In the meantime, good luck to the Astros and to the Cardinals and we will see you on the ball field.


Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN.