Did you wake up today with a little pep in your step? I sure did. Today is one of the greatest days in the sports calendar. It is Opening Day baby!
It has been almost 5 months since the last baseball game was played. Baseball has the shortest offseason but also the absolute longest offseason. The baseball offseason is during the absolute worst season of the year. The thing that makes it so long is you cannot feel your fingers for 75% of it. No one likes not being able to feel your fingers.
Let’s just get this out of the way since this blog is pretty new and most don’t know everything about ol’ Tin Tidwell. I am a diehard Cubs fan. They are by far my favorite team. They have provided the greatest moments of my life as well as some of the most disappointing. I will be tweeting/writing about them A LOT. Get used to it because they are one of my greatest passions. I think Go Cubs Go is a god damn hit and hate the people who clamor for the Cubs to get rid of it. I think the Cubs should make nice with Sammy Sosa and welcome him back to the organization. I also think this Cubs team will win the World Series. I am an optimist at heart but I am also a realist. I knew the Cubs teams of a few years ago would be terrible. I love everything Theo Epstein has done with this organization. It is something I wish every single die hard fan can experience. Watching a rebuild work is a feeling I cannot describe. I love this core of players and do not want them to trade anyone. I think Jason Heyward should ride the bench. I think Joe Maddon is a great players manager but also makes a lot of questionable decisions. I think Anthony Rizzo deserves a “C” on his chest. He is the lifeblood of this team. Although I am not the biggest fan of all the corporate renovations around Wrigley, I understand they are important for the financial future of this franchise. I am sure you stopped reading a few sentences ago but my folks staying tuned need to know what they are getting into with baseball season. Okay, let’s get back to what I was saying.
Every single baseball team is scheduled to play today (well besides the Reds because they’re soft and already postponed their game). It is a thing of pure beauty. Fans across the nation have blissful hope. For one single day, every team has the exact same chance to reach that final game of the season. No team is opening in Japan or some random foreign city a week before everyone else plays. Every fan has a glimmer of hope that something crazy can happen this year for their team. This includes Reds fans, don’t hold that hope out past the first pitch though Reds fans. Your team is going to suck this year.
Opening Day also brings a couple of timeless things. Some team will tweet about how their field is covered in snow and a game will be played there in a few days. It happens every single year. Every team should start in a warm city or field with a dome, why MLB doesn’t set that up is beyond me. It is the end of March, there will still be snow in a lot of cities with MLB teams. Another is day baseball, there are games starting before you even eat lunch. This is how it should be. I am of the belief that there should be a day game every day of the week. The corporate workers of America need entertainment, provide that for me Robert Manfred. You also will get the overreactions. An ace will have an awful outing today and people will freak out. A slugger will probably strike out 4 times and the world will think he is due for a down year. Relax human beings, there are 162 games. One bad game is not much in the grand scheme of things. Lastly, it brings the most beautiful decoration there is in a sports stadium. The buntings will be draped across dugouts and backstops across America. You know it’s real when you flip on the TV and see these beautiful wonders…
Opening Day also brings a lot of questions. Teams have signed big name free agents, players have retired, trades have been made. How many homeruns will the new look Bronx Bombers hit? When will the Bryce Harper sweepstakes actually begin? Will the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry finally be great again? Can the Astros repeat? Will Shohei Ohtani live up to the hype? And most importantly can the Cubs bounce back from a year riddled by a World Series hangover? What will happen with all of this? Only time will tell, stay tuned folks!
Enjoy the national holiday everyone, go get a hot dog and a beer for lunch. There’s 162 more of these things but there is nothing like the excitement of the first one.