Believe it or not, the Major League Baseball season is set to begin tomorrow. But if you’re thinking that it seems unusually early, you’re right. This year’s regular season begins with a two-game series between the World Champion Boston Red Sox and our hometown Oakland A’s held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The baseball marketing machine has dubbed the matchup “Opening Series Japan” to differentiate it from the rest of the traditional stateside openers: a Sunday, March 30 “Opening Night” game between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals to inaugurate the league’s newest stadium, Nationals Park, and the remaining Opening Day games on March 31 and April 1.
Bay Area sports fans can’t be blamed for snoozing through the start of baseball season, with both hockey’s San Jose Sharks and basketball’s Golden State Warriors anticipating playoff appearances. When your baseball bug does bite, you may want to come in and check out our collection of baseball books. Here are a few ideas for you:
- Check out the autobiography of larger-than-life (literally) slugger David Ortiz in Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits.
- Relive the entire historic 1908 season in Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History.
- The artsy may enjoy Baseball Haiku.
- The unitiated should start with something like Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan’s Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks.
- And the truly passionate historian or fantasy player will definitely want to access Baseball Hacks: Tips and Tools for Analyzing and Winning with Statistics from our e-Book collection.
By the way, if you do want to catch the games from Japan, you’ll want to set your alarm clock: due to the time difference, the games will be broadcast live at 3 a.m. Pacific Time. This librarian, having lived in Boston and currently an A’s season ticket holder, will be up and hopes you will too.