Down 4-2 with one out in the ninth inning on Opening Day, Edwin Encarnacion tied the game for the Toronto Blue Jays with a one out double. While this reaction, from a bunch of baseball fans in Toronto, watching the game on television in a bar 500 kilometres away, veers dangerously close to beer commercial territory, it also says a lot about the way in which baseball is observed.

For its fans, the game’s seemingly relaxed proceedings are merely a front for the build up of tension, which when released, is every bit as raucous as anything of which human beings are capable. This is very much the visual exhibition of the power baseball holds. Disbelief transforms to quiet hope, which turns into sudden realization and immediate celebration.

Baseball, it’s nice to have you back.