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Remembering early-season baseball in its icy glory [Commentary]
If in the last few weeks you've driven past a baseball or softball field, it's a fair bet that you've seen kids out practicing on those fields. I'm guessing that the kids you saw, though probably having fun, were wearing some manner of ear protection underneath their hats and helmets, and that they had their hands jammed underneath their armpits, trying desperately to keep their exposed digits warm as the afternoon sun dropped. You see, living at our particular latitude requires baseball and softball players to start practicing when the temperature is still regularly dipping down below 40 degrees. If you aren't lucky enough to have an indoor facility in which to practice, this sometimes means standing around in the cold for hours on end, waiting for a ball to be hit to you.
BY DEWEY FOX, email@example.com
March 21, 2013