Do you know what today is?
Do you know what's going on today?
Of course you do.
Today is the day when boys,
and men with boys' hearts,
gather by the hundreds
in places like Clearwater,
and Mesa, and Surprise,
and Fort Myers,
to participate in baseball activities.
They're perfecting their changeups,
They're practicing covering first,
and running down flies,
and knocking the ball out of the park.
They're breaking in new gloves,
and new shoes,
and new routines.
They're greeting old friends,
and making new ones.
They're preparing their bodies
and minds for the new season.
And they're bringing their dreams.
Dreams as fresh as the grass beneath their feet
and as optimistic as the sun on their faces.
And their dreams may vary in the details
-- some dream of winning it all,
while some dream of making the big team --
their dreams are essentially the same.
They dream of besting the competition:
the other teams,
the other players on their teams,
And their fans are dreaming too.
On this day, we all have a small voice
that says "this is the year."
So our boys practice,
And they'll make their fans very happy to see them.
Good luck boys.
Work hard and have fun.
The best is yet to come.