Yes, Monday’s 102nd annual Red Sox home opener proved to be a glorious day at Fenway Park, due in almost equal parts to nearly ideal spring weather, the pitching of Clay Buchholz and especially a dramatic three-run homer by Daniel Nava.
Indeed, more than past openers, there was obviously a fresh new spirit of optimism in the air — partly because the Sox home opener came after a 4-2 start on the road, and partly because, thankfully, last year’s depressing string of Valentine’s days are now in a distant rear-view mirror.
But don’t forget that sense of spring optimism is drifting up this way as well, where the Gloucester High Fishermen open their 2013 baseball season Wednesday at Winthrop, while both Rockport and Manchester Essex make their seasonal baseball debuts on Thursday at home to Amesbury and at Georgetown, respectively. And don’t forget each of these schools’ softball teams and other outdoor spring sports teams as well.
With all the early enthusiasm over the Red Sox, it’s easy to overlook high school sports, especially during a season in which school proms and other events are competing for the attention of students, let alone parents and outside fans.
But all of these student-athletes are giving their all and learning life lessons about commitment, dedication and teamwork each time they take the field or track as well — and they’re not exactly raking in millions of dollars for their performances.
Spring is a special season on Cape Ann, with an invigorated spirit lifting us out of a rough few months of winter. Get out and take in a high school game or meet if you get a chance .
You’re sure to enjoy it, and will likely gain a new respect for these teen athletes, as well.