I have got to be honest...I used to crush Valentine’s Day.
Back in high school, when sparks were flying and emotions were running high, V-Day was my bread and butter. I was the king of homemade heart-shaped cards; picture collages with brightly colored construction paper backgrounds and poems that may or may not have always included Goo Goo Dolls lyrics.
Unfortunately, since then my V-game has plummeted.
Maybe it’s that I’m married or maybe it’s that I’m a grown man and not a misty-eyed tween, but since high school I’ve grown to hate February 14. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my wife and get a lot of joy out of doing nice things for/with her...but something about a day where those things are basically mandated by society rubs me the wrong way.
This year I’ve decided to turn it around.
The stone-faced, scroogey Reed is history ya’ll, and in his place I present to you the most oogly-eyed, sap-drenched, romance-crazed gentleman you’ll ever encounter. (Think Romeo Montague mixed with any Jude Law character, bathing in a bucket of strawberries.)
That’s right people; in the spirit of the day, I’m finally ready to love and be loved.
And I can think of no better way to consummate my transformation than by celebrating the first true love of my life, a romance I’ve cultivated since I was but a twinkle in my mother’s eye, the subject of my thoughts as I rise each morning and the leading lady in the most fantastical of my nightly dreams.
You guessed it, ladies. I’m talking about baseball.
Spring training has touched down in Arizona and Florida, saving us from the drudgery of the February sports landscape, so I feel it’s my duty as a sports blogger/romantic to help the rest of you bask in what is the beginning of one of the most glorious times of year.
In a Bleacher Report Valentine’s Day exclusive, I present you with the five things to absolutely love about the 2013 Cincinnati Reds...