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Wednesday, Major League Baseball had one of the darkest days in its history. Roger Clemens and his former trainer took turns lying on Capitol Hill. Both caring about nothing but proving the other wrong.
Today, one day later, baseball gets to show why it is the national pastime, and why nothing that either Clemens or McNamee said, means anything in the grand scheme of the game.
Pitchers and catchers report today. That indicates a new season of baseball is just around the corner. For children all across America, that just means that their favorite heroes are back on the diamond, the place where children’s dreams come true.
Kids do not care about what is going on with Roger Clemens. Cynics will find ways to dissect who was lying and who was telling the truth, in hopes of coming up with reasons to turn their back on the game of baseball.
The truth of the matter, though, is that baseball will go on. Not only go on by merely existing, but go on by flourishing, as it has for the past ten years.
Attendance is up in baseball stadiums across America. Whatever the damage created from the steroid era, it will never be strong enough to stop the game. People get excited when the five words they have been waiting for since the Fall are uttered.
Pitchers and catchers report today.
Try all you would like to hold back. Then once you give up, just give in. Let that smile of joy created by those five words, make you reflect. Just how much happiness has this game brought into your life over the years.
Upon that reflection, the answer will be quite simple. The names will change this year, there will be no Bonds or Clemens, or Palmiero, or McGwire. What there will be, is the hope of thirty baseball teams, and the millions of fans that cheer for those teams year after year. Unconditionally.