Peanuts, Cracker Jacks, the President and ….Opening Day

The 2006 Cubs Season Starts Today

The countdown is over, in just a few short hours it is once again time to root for the Cubbies….it is OPENING DAY….finally Chicago Cubs Baseball….that counts. Opening Day is very special, every team has a chance to win, every team is in first place and every fan is proud to be a fan of their team….at least for today. Opening Day is full of optimism and hope, full of expectations and full of dreams. Opening Day is what separates baseball from the other major sports. How many Presidents are at kickoff Sunday?

Baseball has always been called ‘America’s Past Time’ and while football has taken over as the number one sport in America, baseball is still America’s Past Time. Being a baseball fan takes commitment and dedication. It is just not watching a game, one or two days a week and knowing how your team did and how the other teams did. Baseball is eight months of day after day, week after week, month after month….following the standings, reading the box scores and keeping up with the stats of your team as well as every other team in the league.

Baseball is unlike any other sport, it is the game we grew up with, it is the game we learned how to play from our fathers, it is rich in tradition and full of numbers and characters that are passed down from generation to generation. How many of you remember the first baseball game you went to? I know I do and every time I enter a ballpark to this day I feel like the 6 year old that graced those golden gates more days ago than I care to count.

Baseball is special….the sights, the sounds, the smells, the green grass, the chalked lines. Opening Day is electric and exciting….

So grab your peanuts and cracker jacks, don’t forget the frosty beverage, grab a dog or a brat….It’s Time to ‘PLAY BALL!!!’

Quote of the Day

"Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none." - William Shakespeare
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