Welcome Back, baseball.

This year I plan to actively root for the Atlanta Braves — a move I’ve avoided for some years. Since the Braves failed to make the postseason last year, you can’t claim that I’m a fairweather fan. Also, the offseason retooling involved pitching, pitching, and more pitching. I’m a big fan of pitching and defense.

I will still cheer for the Red Sox, of course. Not sure what I’ll do on June 18-20.

By the way, that’s a picture of Smokey Joe Wood.