Actually Manassas, or Bull Run. The Wilderness is closer to Charlottesville. What you call this area used to be based on where you were from in relation to the Mason-Dixon line; now there’s a town called Manassas VA, and a road called Bull Run Post Office Rd.
The 2009 season officially started today. I know, it’s only spring training, but the boys in Red played their first game since slapping Pittsburgh 11-4 to closeout the season last September. Periodically throughout the season I hear a certain baseball song in my head, but no more so than the first game of the year, be it spring training or Opening Day:
“Let’s GO! Batter Up! We’re taking the afternoon off!
It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame
For a ballgame, today.
The fans are out to get a ticket or two;
From Walla Walla Washington to Kalamazoo-
It’s a beautiful day for a Home Run,
Or even a triple’s OK.
We’re going to cheer –
And raise a hullabaloo-
At the ball game, TODAY. (lyrics by Jon Wiesman)
Of course, it wasn’t a real game – and the Cardinals had lots of trouble driving in runners, ending the affair against Florida tied 5-5. 3 for 17 with RISP. Ugh. Good thing this is spring training.