The Labor Day Holliday means many things to a lot of people in this country. To many it just means that you cannot wear white shoes, or pants, or whatever article it is a faux pas to wear in white after the labor Dat weekend. I have never inderstood that and I probably never will. I just wear what I like whatever time of the year and to heck what anyone says about it violating some Labor Day Rule.
To others, Labor Day signals the impending season change from summer to fall. Here, in San Antonio, it signals the move from oppressively hot and humid summer to slightly less hot and humid fall. Eventually we get to very warm winter and then increasingly hot spring. This seasonal change probably means a lot more to people who actually see seasons, but I digress.
For myself, and many others, it means a changing of seasons of sorts as well. When Spring comes around, all of us baseball fans start signing up for our fantasy basball leagues, looking at spring training schedules, looking over our team's rosters, and imagining how great our team will be once games get underway. All baseball fans are anxious, and optimistic. This runs from the powerhouses like my beloved Red Sox and hated Yankees to the Royals and Pitrates. There are fans from every single team that have their optimism restored with the coming of Spring and the start of the baseball season. However, the beginning of spring signals that other sports are coming to an end as well. The NCAA tournament is winding down or over, the NBA and NHL are winding down their regular season as well. A lot of fans need something to cheer for at this time, and in comes baseball.
The baseball summer seems to go by very quickly these days. Maybe it is that I am getting older, but it seems like in no time at all we have made it through the All Star break, past the July 31 trade deadline and the month of August. It is the time when most fans come to the realization that their team will not be playing meaningful baseball in September and October, and their season is virtually over. Fans in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and San Diego, to name a few, need something to cheer for once again.
And in steps Labor Day, and the signal of the start of fall. It, like the start of Spring, signals the ending of something. In this case, the baseball season is winding down to a close. The front runners are set. The division battles are close to over and it will all be over in a very short amount of time. what are fans to do? We have a solution, in comes football! College football starts Labor Day weekend, tomorrow night this year. Fans from all over the nation are waking up yet again. A week later, the NFL season starts. Those fans in Pittsburgh that had nothing to really cheer for in baseball, now have the Steelers season to cheer for. The fans in San Diego now have the Chargers about to begin play. The fans in Kansas City have, well, I am not sure what is expected from the Chiefs this year, but they can have hope once again. It may be gone in a matter of a month but they can have hope. I look forward to my New England Patriots starting the season against the Bills. Although it will be a busy start to the fall with the Boston Red Sox in good position to make the post season.
I am hoping for a great Labor day weekend and start to another season of football. we can all have belief in our teams and optimism for the season. Except for Buffalo, plan on losing your first game this year. Wink, wink.