There are any number of sensations you'll find at a minor league hockey game: the chill in the air, the smell of the ice, the vision of blood gushing out of someone's face after taking a puck to the head.
Holly Wendt wrote about Semyon Varlamov in the most recent issue of The Classical Magazine. Shortly after the issue came out, Varlamov was charged with some very ugly crimes. Stories seldom stay still long enough for us to know how to feel about them, let alone tell them right. Reprinted from Holly's blog.
On an otherwise unremarkable late-season night, with two teams in very different circumstances playing each other, history might have been made. A baseball game happened instead.
Savannah, Georgia is a long way from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and also a long way from the Major Leagues. But Savannah is where Brandon Nimmo, one of the very few baseball players to make it out of Wyoming and a prospect in the New York Mets organization, plays in the outfield for the Savannah Sand Gnats. It's all a lot closer than it seems.
Spring Training baseball, in Arizona and in general, is a long way from the game fans are used to, for better and worse. But if Spring Training isn't quite like regular baseball, neither is it quite like anything else.