I have a crush on you.
It wasn't always this way. In fact, a couple of years ago I mocked my team leader because he would talk about you non-stop. At that time I thought your only endearing quality was the uncanny ability to slow down time.
All that has changed this year. I have been spending a lot of time with you as I listen night after night while cleaning up a day's worth of dishes. You are always there for me (not like football) and I admire your patience and stamina.
I have a "sprint" mentality, get discouraged at set backs and give up too soon.
I am learning from you that a steadier, even pace can take you further. You don't seem to get too down by consecutive losses. Instead you keep plugging away, night after night, eventually building a winning streak.
Baseball, maybe there is something more to you than tailgating and sausage races. I look forward to getting to know you even better this season!