While yet another round of cold weather descends on much of the Midwest and south this week, a ray of warm hope shines on the cold, shivering masses from the south and west. The groundhog may have seen his shadow, and there may be sub-freezing temperatures across much of the nation, but fear not, cold shivering masses; summer is coming! The long cold nightmare that is winter is finally fading.

Today marks the start of intra-squad simulated games in Grapefruit League and Cactus League Spring Training, with actual spring games commencing tomorrow. For those who don’t follow, that’s Major League Baseball. The Boys of Summer. Baseball is returning very soon. It won’t be long until we’re all frying in the blazing sun sipping on a cold beer, choking down ball park hot dogs and thinking wistfully of these cool, soothing months of winter. Or not…

I doubt many of us will be wishing to rehash this winter. Nevertheless, the start of Spring training reminds us that if anything brings back thoughts of warm sun, it’s Baseball. And if anything is more closely associated with baseball than Cracker Jack, it’s beer. And we love beer.

Raise a glass to the coming of spring, the crack of bats and the shouts of “Play Ball!” Cheers!