January 31, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Tom Gage

Baseball only gets closer as January closes

Pitchers and catcher report to spring training Feb. 13 in Lakeland, Fla. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Gage’s 140 (words, not characters):

There’s nothing intrinsically comfortable about Jan. 31

Not weather-wise, anyway. Just because 30 is warmer than 10, it doesn’t make it warm.

But Jan. 31 has the good fortune of preceding Feb. 1 — and, if nothing else, February sounds more tolerable for a reason that thaws us out just a bit every year.

Spring training.

Which always seems so far away in January.

But when February arrives, even with snow, updates from Lakeland feel substantially closer.

If you’re thinking Lakeland, after all, you’re thinking baseball.

And if you’re thinking baseball, you’re practically singing the anthem in the sun again, forgetting how often you had to shovel the driveway during the winter.

It’s a warm thought anyway.

No harm having warm thoughts.

So enjoy the last day of January because of the curtain it closes.

Baseball will heat up soon.