The field is waiting. Have we had our last snow? Will the rain do as much damage as good? Will the creek flood the outfield?
In small town parks across the nation these and other questions are on the minds of the people responsible for the baseball field.
Mowers are checked, fresh fluids or perhaps a new spark plug or two installed. Rakes and bags and even home plate is taken out of storage and inspected.
The players are practicing on their own, contacting teammates, trying on their shoes. Neither the players nor the spectators expect fancy — you don’t need shiny or new to have an exciting game.
On the other hand…
The recently constructed dug-outs provide welcome shade when players are off the field.