Well, it's finally here. Tomorrow, March 31st, marks the opening day of the Major League Baseball season. No more Spring Training, no more 40 man rosters, just 25 guys per team, playing 162 games to get a spot in the playoffs.
This is my second favorite day of the year. (Sorry baseball, but St. Pattys Day will always be #1). It is better than Christmas, my birthday or any other holiday meant to give gifts. Tomorrow is the day where both kids and adults will be playing hooky to get a chance to see their favorite teams play for the first time as they're currently assembled. It is the day where all the "experts" will begin to see how their preseason predictions turned out.
The pure excitement that can be seen on kids' faces walking into a ballpark for the first time is something that can't be replaced. I still have that face every time I walk into a park and see the greenest grass in the world. While popularity-wise, MLB has fallen behind the NFL and maybe the NBA, baseball fans all relish in the glory of Opening Day like no other sport. Baseball is played everyday, so starting tomorrow, people know they are basically guaranteed at least five games a week for the next six months.
The Red Sox won't be playing their first game until Friday in Texas, but there will be plenty of baseball to watch tomorrow. The nationally televised schedule goes as followed, with each game being played on ESPN.
1:05 Tigers @ Yankees
4:15 Padres @ Cardinals
8:00 Giants @ Dodgers
Sadly, I have attendance-based classes during the day, and an exam at night, so I won't be able to celebrate in style. However, I encourage everybody to skip work or school, if possible, and watch these games. That message is especially for the kids out there because we will not have this opportunity all our lives. With that being said, let's get the show on the road.