During the course of a year there are dozens of days with more meaning than others. But for a lifelong fan of America’s Pastime, there is one that outweighs them all….Opening Day. Technically the season has already begun, but for most of the teams and their fans today is the first, today is the beginning.
Opening Day is special and unique. For one day, no matter if your team wins or loses, there is reason for hope and optimism that this might be the year that your team will be the last one standing at the end of October. Opening Day means another spring, summer and hopefully fall full of trips to the ballpark, listening to the game on the radio and countless hours in front of a television….sometimes cheering, sometimes yelling but always watching. Today is Opening Day. At some point, you will hear all of the cliches:
- “Baseball requires commitment and dedication.”
- “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
- “Every team is going to win 50 and every team is going to lose 50, it’s the other 62 that counts.”
- “We’re going to take ‘em one day at a time.”
- “He’s really throwing some heat.”
- “He’s capable of going the distance.”
- “They got to him early.”
- “They have to manufacture some runs.”
- “He can tie it up with one swing of the bat.”
- “He’s seeing the ball well.”
While they made get a little old come July and August, for one glorious day….they are long overdue, music to your ears.
Opening Day is here, the only thing left is for the ump to yell, “PLAY BALL!“