The dog days of winter will soon to be over. I hate the snow and the cold. This winter is one of the worse winters that I can recall. The cold and the snow makes me think of warm weather and the start of the baseball season.
College baseball teams have been practicing indoors since returning from Christmas break with one notable exception. The University of Wisconsin is the only BIG TEN school that does not field a baseball team. This is an embarrassment to our state for those who truly love baseball.
But this is nothing new. Baseball has been relegated to club ranks at UW for years. The Athletic Department, boosters, sponsors and students are all aware of the situation. The powers that be are not on some kind of anti-baseball crusade. They don’t hate baseball, hotdogs or apple pie, and they did not disband the program to promote a hidden agenda. Their hands are tied by TITLE IX, an outdated piece of legislation that has claimed men’s soccer programs throughout the NCAA and all but outlawed men’s volleyball in the Midwest. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has said he wants to bring back baseball to Madison, but he must navigate through a myriad of economic obstacles to make it happen. It would be so much easier if our current President and congress would just repeal TITLE IX. But that won’t happen because our politicians are more concerned with staying in office than doing what is right.