Last night one of our favorite twitter personalities, free agent starter Ervin Santana, begun meditating on the beauty and the you'll-never-forget-it smell of baseball:
It's the smells that take you back. The smell of fresh-cut grass..The smell of baseballs and the smell of powdery resin. #SteveGarvey— Ervin Santana (@ErvinSantana_54) December 18, 2013
It's an enchanting thought, isn't it? When I think of the smells of baseball I think of the Marlboro-laden sweat from my dad, the crisp air of spring, the eye-pinching, slightly metallic, burnt-flesh smell of cheap hot dogs in soggy buns, and leather, dirt, and discount beer. Lots of beer.
RT if you can't wait to #SMELLBASEBALL— Ervin Santana (@ErvinSantana_54) December 18, 2013
Oh Erv, how awesome are you?
Let's make a deal. Tweet us SFW pic of you smelling a baseball and we'll compile them into something crazy. #SMELLBASEBALL— SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) December 18, 2013
The rest is really history. Here's what happened next:
Wafter here was our early leader in the clubhouse.
There's a true passion here, folks.
Nice gear. I can smell it from here!
This is some serious, high-quality baseball sniffin.
Oh my god we have a new leader! This pic could be its own indie film. "Baseball smell beautiful." Or something.
That sideways glance. That lighting.
This is Gandalf lighting his staff. Both of the nerds reading will get this joke.
There's a lot happening here, Kate.
That last one probably wins on cuteness alone. Thanks, crazy followers.