Summer

Today felt like a summer day in San Diego. It’ s about 80 degrees outside, but with a bit of a breeze. The air is so clear and clean, it’s just a beautiful day. A day like this got me thinking about summer, as baseball is coming up.

I love summer, but I hate the heat. I mean, summer is all about heat, but I don’t like it boiling hot, just warm. In fact, I would rather freeze than boil to death. But anyways, though I don’t like summer because of the heat, I do love summertime. I love the smell of barbeques, eating hamburgers that aren’t like the ones at a fast food place but so much better. I love it being light later, like when the sun goes down around 7:30 pm. What I love about San Diego weather is that no matter how hot it is during the day, it will always cool down at night. Today is 80 degrees, but it’s going to be very cold tonight. If I go outside, I’m going to need a jacket. I love that about San Diego.

But the best thing about summer is baseball. To me, the perfect summer evening is eating grilled hamburgers and sweet watermelon or fresh strawberries, settling down as the day cools off, and listening to some Padres baseball on the radio. Just relaxing and listening to the voices of Jerry Coleman, Ted Leitner, and Andy Masur, as they call all the action from Petco Park. That’s what my summer evenings have been like for the last two years. I remember a long time ago, way before I became a Padres fan, my parents would have the game on during summer evenings. That will always be a part of some of my earliest memories of summer. It’s a wonderful season, it really is.

Our summer last year was pretty mild. We got the worst of it in September, I think. It really wasn’t that hot. Though I don’t like the heat, summer = baseball. You have got to love that.

Now, I guess I should mention football. I threw around the old pigskin with a bunch of friends earlier. We were out in the 80 degree heat, but it was lot of fun. Usually I’m not one to play with the football, since I’m still on my football hate thing right now, but today I gave in and it was really fun. I hate big, hard balls, though. We were actually throwing around three different balls, and my favorite was the tiny one that was slightly deflating. Anyways, on one throw to me the biggest, hardest ball came up and hit me pretty badly in the finger. It is not broken, but it hurts. I am not quite sure why I mentioned that, maybe because it has something to do with sports and it’s bugging me right now.

I guess I should also mention something about the Super Bowl. I will not be watching it, but I will be keeping track of the score. I think I am going for the Cardinals. I just kind of decided that this morning. I think Pittsburgh will win, but they knocked off the Chargers, plus all my friends are going for Arizona. I know, bad way to choose your team, but it makes sense. So, go Cardinals!

Oh yeah, in Mark’s latest J-Blog School, he said that contractions should be spelled out. While that’s a great tip for journalism, I don’t think I can handle eliminating them on my blog. Contractions make my blog more personal and casual, and that’s what I want my blog to be. So, if it starts bugging anyone, I apologize in advance. I don’t want my blog to be perfect and stiff. I want it to be personal. I want it to sound like I’m a human and not a robot. When I get into a professional writing career, that tip will be most helpful. Thanks, Mark!    

11 Comments

San Diego is so beautiful. I don’t wanna leave here! It DID felt like summer. Even though I stayed inside. Gosh, I love the weather! Oh baseball, when are you coming? I can’t wait any longer!
I watched the last part of the Super Bowl. So I guess I’m learning more about football! Just a little. But football can’t beat baseball :)http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Now I feel completely lazy since I didn’t leave my apartment all day. That’s how into football I am. And I had to finish cleaning. I’m kinda sad I missed the beautiful weather. I hope it’s like that tomorrow when I have to go to class! I’ll always have a soft spot for Andy Masur. Before coming to the Padres, he was the play-by-play guy for the men’s basketball team at my undergrad university, Loyola Chicago. He’s a REALLY nice guy.
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

Sounds beautiful Kaybee! I did watch the game – I do love football also – but I am so ready for baseball to begin! The equipment truck leave this week for Florida so Spring must be coming!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Yeah, I agree-barbecues and radio baseball are the best parts of summer! You’re so lucky it’s warm there…and I just hate when the sun sets really early like at 4 or 5!!!!
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

Wow…you painted a great picture. In Wisconsin, I have to close my eyes to see that. Everything is still piled up and white here!

I share your sentiments exactly on what summer is all about. Ice down that finger!

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

The weather’s been really nice up here in Santa Barbara, too. (How lucky are we to be in CA!) And it really does make you want to throw burgers on the grill and settle in to watch baseball. Soon. Very soon.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

OMG…I so want to move to San Diego. Delaware totally sucks! It is FREZZING here!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

I like the winter but some times I just want the summer really badly. Go Steelers!

-Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Kaybee,
We all long for summer don’t we. I make my way to California every summer (Palo Alto, which is REALLY far :( ) but I LOVE how it is warm in the day and cool as night, exactly as you described it. I go to baseball games on the weekends as well, and I don’t think anywhere has more perfect days than California!
I hope your finger is okay!!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

HYUN YOUNG, baseball will always be the best :)

JEN, I think today was just as beautiful, so hopefully you got to enjoy it. Andy Masur is a really fun announcer. I enjoy listening to him on the broadcast.

JULIA, spring is in the air…

XCICIX, I hate it when that happens too! It’s kind of depressing!

HAPPY, it might take a bit longer for you guys, but spring will come!

JANE, it’s so true. I actually smelled a grill going when I took a walk today. Ahhhh…

JENN, yes, you do want to move here! Come join us in the 80 degree weather in the middle of winter!

BOB, I love the winter, but I just wish we could have baseball all the time :)

ELIZABETH, this California weather is so perfect. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Thanks, I think my finger is doing a little better :)

Come to New York and try having to shovel all the time. Then tell me you’d rather freeze.
http://metsmainmain.mlblogs.com

P.S. Don’t ever say Kooz again. That Jerry Koosman. :P

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