Catcher Connor Pavolony (Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics)


On The Mark: Opening Day 2021


The mitts are going to pop.

There’s going to be a runner take the big turn and race for second.

Two fans are going to sit in shivering cold, discussing if the pitcher is going back to the curveball on an 0-2 count. Sometimes, they will be right.

We have been waiting for this. Last March, our seasons ended prematurely. No conference races, no late-night tournaments, no postseason dogpiles. Our season was left unfinished, unsatisfied, and uncrowned.

Since the last time most of us last walked through a stadium entrance, so much has changed. Our routines are different. Our outlooks[…]