This afternoon while I was still at work, my radio queued up to the Mariners game, Rick Rizzs’ voice wafted magical words across my internet connection.
“Ichiro steps into the box to lead off the game.”
I’ve been a baseball fan for almost 25 years. But the leadoff hitter stepping into the batter’s box for the first time still gives me a little spurt of excitement.
The chalk lines surrounding the batter’s box are perfect; the players’ uniforms are still pristine. You could end up watching a pitcher’s duel or a slug fest. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll see something you’ve never seen before.
(In the case of Mariner games this year, you’re either going to enjoy an exciting game or catch a nap brought to you by extreme boredom.)
The lead off hitter stepping into the box is the last sentence of the prologue and the first sentence in the story of a game that could take any number of turns.