Baseball and snow? Not a good combination

I often joke that I’ve been a baseball fan since before I was born – that’s how much baseball has been a part of my life. So you would think I’ve caught baseball in almost any weather, right?
Wrong. This season has now marked the first time I have watched baseball in the snow, and I have to say, it wasn’t an experience I missed.
I’m normally the person in my family who is so crazy about baseball (and football for that matter) that I’ll endure almost any sort of conditions.
For the past few summers, I’ve enthusiastically sat out in over 100-degree heat in St. Louis just to catch my beloved Cardinals for the four or five games a year I’m able to make. I’ve listened as my parents complained and wondered why we weren’t at least able to make night games.
One of these such times was even a pair of games that I got up at 6 a.m.to travel to the first one after having covered football until almost midnight the night and a 19-inning affair the day after. In 2007, I gained about the worst sunburn of my life after watching Mississippi State clinch its trip to Omaha and the College World Series.
I can handle the heat, but even I found myself annoyed by the driving snow and blistering winds that we had to experience this weekend. It probably doesn’t help that I’m one of those people who dreads winter weather like the plague.
For months (okay, since October), I’ve looked forward to baseball season – high school, college, MLB, whatever, and it just figures that we’ve had to deal with about the worst possible weather so far.
It’s also pretty typical of Mississippi weather and not a surprise to wake up on Sunday with some bright sunshine and just a slight chill.
If I’m going to freeze my tail off though, it’s nice to get to see some good games, and the Amory Tournament didn’t disappoint this weekend with some close ones.
That includes the very first walkoff I’ve gotten to see in baseball since I’ve been here, a 1-0 Panthers win over Saltillo on Thursday night.
We reporters get to see our fair share of blowouts in all sports, and while I’m sure they’re fun for all of you guys, occasionally it’s nice to see a game like Thursday’s. Especially in baseball, it’s enjoyable to see a game full of good pitching and stellar defense from both sides and most importantly, an exciting finish.
Hopefully I’ll get to see a few more such games this season. And as I write this, for once it’s some enjoyable mid-60 degree, sunny, breezy weather, and hopefully we can continue that trend as much as possible for the rest of baseball and softball season.
Because come on guys, snow and baseball just don’t mix.
Melissa Meador is the Sports Editor of the Monroe Journal. Contact her at melissa.meador@journalinc.com or follow her on Twitter: @MelissaMeador14.