Pounds: Not-so-angry birdsWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
Don’t tell me about the world. Not today. It’s springtime and they’re knocking baseballs around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curveball.
— Pete Hamill
We know Muddy isn’t really angry, just determined. And Opening Day opponent Louisville uses bats (the winged kind) for its mascot, not green piggies. But as illustrator Don Lee has captured on this week’s cover, Muddy’s determination can look mighty intimidating to opposing players. Opening Day at Fifth Third Field has become one of the area’s biggest events; every seat will be filled, the suites and hallways will overflow with excited fans and the Huron-Monroe-Washington streets block will hum with foot traffic and activity.
There is truly nothing to match a clear, sunny day at the ballpark. It’s a family event; it’s a guys’ day out; it’s a girls’ night out; it’s smells and sights and emotions that no other public gathering can evoke with such clarity and impact.
Baseball can be a few hours’ escape from the travails of life like no other pastime — movies, books, theater, music — can offer. That distinct crack of the ball on the bat and the undeniable thump of the ball in the glove are symphonies, car chases and page turners wrapped in one fluid, unrestrained by-the-clock afternoon.
Mud Hens Opening Day rocks. The streets around Fifth Third Field are alive with excited conversation, live music and the buzz of people filled with optimism and pride.
This year’s Toledo Free Press Opening Day issue, our ninth annual effort, compiled and edited by Managing Editor Sarah Ottney, positively thrums with the vibrations of a young season. We are grateful to our staff, advertisers, readers and the Mud Hens organization for helping to make this issue one of our biggest and best of the year.
We take pride in our home team, and we will continue to show that by offering the best Opening Day coverage we can, this season and every season.
See you at the game!
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.