16 days

By Andrew Buchbinder, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

We are 16 days away from the first game of the 20th Anniversary Season of Crawdads Baseball.  The ‘Dads open the 2012 campaign on the road on Thurs., April 5 in Kannapolis, and take on the Intimidators and then Greenville Drive for four games apiece before coming home on Thurs., April 12 for the first home game.

In a sense, 16 days seems like a long time.  Think about it as being more than half a month away.  That is roughly 1/24 of a year.  Kind of seems far away.

However, if you think of it as only two weeks away, for some reason, it feels like it is right around the corner.  It is already Tuesday of this week, and once we get by hump day tomorrow, the weekend will be on deck.  We all know that weekends race by in the blink of an eye, which leads us to next Monday, the 26th.  Then, all of a sudden, Opening Day in Kannapolis is hardly a week and a half away.

Since I am clearly conflicted on my own personal perception of the essence of 16 days, I took the natural course of action and googled it.  The first and most prominent listing is some band called 16 Days.  It appears as if a song called “Whiskeytown” recorded somewhere around 3-5 years ago was their big hit.  I missed it, and am furthermore unwilling to dedicate 3:57 of my life to catching up on it (ironic in light of the time it is taking me to write about the concept of 16 days…).

The next search result, which in my estimation is unequivocally more important than the band and should have come up first, is a South African activist campaign for the awareness of, and response to, abuse against women and children, called 16 Days of Activism.  I would suggest reading up on it in the betterment of all of our world views.

And, finally (at least for the first page of results), the third link on Google for ’16 days’ is a 16-day weather forecast for England.  I typed in London and, after a rough and undoubtedly inaccurate Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion, I have come to the conclusion that I would take 80 degrees and sunny in Hickory over 11 degrees (Celsius) and cloudy in London today.  Who predicts 16 days in advance anyway?  Must be a Europe thing.

Considering the fact that we are now closer to 15.5 days than 16 days, I suppose that amount of time really is not all that long after all and after a largely unsuccessful googling of it.  Baseball will be here before we know it.  That is my final answer.

Oh yeah, and happy spring!

Andrew is in his fourth season as director of broadcasting and media relations for the Crawdads, and sixth season in Minor League Baseball.  Previously, the Larchmont, NY native worked for the Bakersfield Condors Hockey Club (ECHL) and the Bakersfield Blaze Baseball Club (California League). He loves bacon.

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