Here comes October, and already there are some colors of changing leaves. Fall is here-- the pumpkins, the sweaters. Time to put away the summer chairs....well, maybe not just yet. There are still some warm days coming....
For sports lovers, this is a great time of year. Hockey is just beginning. And there's football and basketball, too. And baseball, the game of summer, is not quite over for the season.
In a way, baseball is a game for all seasons. It warms us through the winters with hot-stove talk of spring. It starts out hopeful in the April air. It ripens with the tomatoes, through the summer days and nights. It heats up in October with the playoffs, and the World Series.
Too often, playoff season is a vicarious experience, here, tinged with bitterness. The last World Series in Chicago was in 2005. That was years ago. But this year could be different, at least for now.
Even as we are putting out the mums and planting the spring tulip bulbs, or mending the holes in favorite sweaters, baseball isn't over for the season. Under gray and autumnal sky, baseball is in the air. There's a sweetness to it.
The boys of October 2015 are wearing jackets and hoodies. Some of them play baseball, too. Here's some photos of the Cubs players as they left for the game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. It's a one-game, wild-card playoff.
And, here comes the sun, again. Cheers to the boys of October. Playoff season is just beginning.
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