July and August are considered the dog days of summer, and they can sure be taxing on athletes and fans alike. However, they also offer baseball fans some showcases of the game's top talent, presenting the best and brightest of baseball at just about every level.
In just one week, Red Sox fans will get to see the players that may one day be playing in the shadows of the Green Monster when they are showcased at Futures at Fenway. This year, Sox fans will get to see both the Portland Sea Dogs and Pawtucket Red Sox take the field at Fenway, giving both fans and players a taste of what the future could soon behold.
The Little League World Series is also fast approaching. Every year in Williamsport, the game is presented in perhaps its most simplest way when Little Leaguers from across the world embark on a trip to Pennsylvania to remind fans what the game looks like when it is truly played for fun.
Some of those Little Leaguers could end up on Cape Cod in just a few years to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Considered by many to be the best amateur summer league in the country, the best college prospects in America make their way to the Cape every summer for a chance to impress scouts. Anyone who's ever spent a week down the Cape can tell you there are few combinations better than Cape Cod and good baseball.
And finally, there are the (big) boys of summer — the major leaguers. The best of the best bring their talents to the Midsummer Classic every year to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In terms of pure baseball, it does leave something to be desired, but there's no denying the fact that it is the largest gathering of the best baseball players on the entire planet every year.