It's that time of year again when the weather starts getting warmer, the days start getting longer, and the end of the school year is in sight. Outside of the college realm, it's also the time of year that the national pastime, baseball, officially begins.
Although the first game of the 2012 Major League Baseball season was technically held last week with the Mariners and Athletics opening things many miles and time zones away in Japan, most (including yours truly) associate this week as the season's earnest beginning.
But while the Yankees look to be primed for another successful season and the Mets - well, the Mets will play 162 games, but we'll leave it at that - there is already some great baseball (and softball) action going on here on the campus of Lehman College. In fact, if you're strolling the school's idyllic grounds, it would be nearly impossible to miss a game in progress.
And we at Lehman Athletics are pretty proud of the evolution of the game day presentation, which prominently features the school's new fully HD scoreboard to keep track of the line score, balls, strikes, outs, and current batters, as well as celebrate great plays with custom designed animations. Recently, a temporary public address system has been put in place to provide batter introductions and play music between innings, giving the whole experience a higher-than-Division III feel. The only thing missing is someone selling hotdogs and peanuts.
What really makes the experience, though, has been the play of the team led by new head coach Christian Viggiano. Having already equaled last season's win total with nearly half its schedule remaining, it has proven itself to be a serious threat to grab hold of supremacy of the City University of New York Athletic Conference.
So next time you're strolling the walkway adjacent to the South Field, take a minute to stop and admire the action (and scoreboard); there are few things better than some good baseball on a warm spring evening.