Brother-in-law, actually. But it doesn't make it any easier to know that he will be gone for the next 8-9 months. When you think of professional ballplayers, it's easy to forget the fact that most of them are on the road for the better part of the year. Not all of them are able to take their families with them. 'Just another day at the office' means being in another city or state. Fortunately, Tara and Gavin will be in Denver. It's really tough to send my sister and nephew off, also. Ah well. Such is the life. We'll miss them until they return. In the meantime, we have email and phone calls to keep in touch.
The flip side to this coin is that it signals the start of the greatest sport around: Baseball. Soon the smell of freshly cut grass will replace the smell of the fireplace in the air. Hot dogs, beer, pretzels and the roar of the crowd!
That was my little take on the ups and downs of the new season, but I welcome it with open arms.