Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 40 days left until Opening Day on April 6.
is the number of players on the Kansas City roster. It is also the number of days in the season of Lent, which many Christians are observing right now.
The first time I attempted a countdown, the idea of counting down to baseball season was actually intertwined with the idea of Lent; that is, the sort of spiritual countdown to Easter (and Peep-eating). It seems the same – the final 40 days of baseball-less suffering end in a glorious celebration and re-birth of hope and grand summer traditions (and beer-drinking). See? Parallels everywhere.
Thoughtful Lenten observance involves daily meditation on the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. One might look at each day as a step with him on the road up to Calvary, where he died. This countdown is also kind of a daily reflection, of which the conclusion is basically “Damn, baseball season is really far away.”
P.S. During the 2010 countdown, I launched a campaign to find a Kyle Farnsworth fan. I am still looking, and yes, I am serious about the cash reward. If you think you have seen a Farns Fan, go check out the rules and let me know!