Opening Day, er, Night is upon us. I, for one, am super psyched about Cole Hamels’ injury because that means my boy Brett Myers gets the nod in the first game of the season. I already love baseball, but having Myers throwing for my teams will make Sunday night even better.
Opening Day has always been the pinnacle of March. And March is clearly the best month of the year. Think about it: the NCAA tournament, the first day of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, my birthday, fantasy baseball drafts, NFL Draft preparation, and many other reasons that are less important.
March also happens to be, perhaps, the longest month – no federal holidays + 31 days – however it seems to fly by. Now that I’ve checked my calendar, it seems we’re in April. Thank you World Baseball Classic for killing my analogy, but hopefully not my pitchers’ arms.
So why do I see Opening Day as the Deadeye Dick weathervane cap to the brilliant March sporting season. Here’s why:
The comfort of how a hard hit ground ball to the opposite field rolls off the infield and bounds on the bright green grass.
Hearing old stories of the Robinson’s (Brooks & Frank (the most underrated player ever?)). Also, was the Glenn Davis trade (Schilling, Harnish, Finely) karma for the Frank Robinson trade (#7 on the list)? If so, it was worth it just to hear recounts of the Orioles’ golden days.
Jim Palmer’s horrible commercials – there must be hundreds of local “heroes” hocking/hawking awesome products. Palmer’s is my favorite.
Fantasy Baseball – see Brett Myers (first paragraph), also: Fantasy Baseball 101.
The ridiculous outrage over PEDs and records – people cheated, yes. People have cheated throughout baseball, and football, and apparently the financial industry. Get over it. Did the Black Sox (who did something far more heinous) ruin baseball? I don’t think so, neither will this “scandal.”
Underrated “scrappy” guys like Craig Biggio.
Overrated scrappy guys like David Eckstein.
Opening Day….when every team sort of has a chance (if you don’t play in AL East and are the Orioles).
The best reason is the poetry, allure and magnetism surrounding this game: “Ray, people will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.” From here.
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Some other Opening Day Shout-outs, via Twitter:
mlbhomerun@h2h_Corner I love opening day because it means I won’t have to scrap the ice of my windshield for at least 6 months.
DJBproductions@h2h_Corner My favorite thing about opening day is that the Orioles and Nats are both in first place
baseballtips @h2h_Corner I’m a stats guy, so that is definitely a big reason.