Opening Day 2012
Its that time of year again.
Starting tonight when the new Miami Marlins take on the defending World Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, baseball is finally back in full swing.
Although many teams including my Toronto Blue Jays do not start their season until tomorrow, Opening Day still means a ton to baseball fans. Here are five of the reasons I think Opening Day is so important.
1. Every Team Is At Par For The Only Time of The Season
There is only one time during the entire baseball season where everyone is equal, everyone has the same record, everyone has the same chance to win the division. That time is Opening Day.
Every team has the chance to be undefeated or reversely not win a game. It obviously extremely improbable with a 162 game season, but on opening day it is still possible for the Blue Jays to go undefeated and the Yankees to lose all 162 games (I wish).
2. It Is Practically A National Holiday
For baseball fans, Opening Day is a de-facto holiday for us. We skip work, we skip class, or if that is impossible, we sneak in a device to listen to or watch the game (Thank You MLB.tv on an IPad). We don’t care if we get in trouble its Opening Day and it is time to have some fun.
3. Summer Has Officially Begun
Except for diamonds with a dome, baseball is played mostly in the Spring and Summer. Baseball fans call Spring and Summer ball season. Enough said.
4. March Madness is Over.
Finally everyone can stop complaining about screwing their bracket up and watching basketball like they actually care. Nobody likes basketball anyways (Well, except for looking at college cheerleaders).
5. Hot Dogs, Cracker Jack, and Beer are now considered acceptable for dinner.
People tend to think I am weird when I am picky when it comes to hot dogs. Being a baseball fan, my choice of hot dog along with an ice cold beer is key to my enjoyment of a game. During the baseball season it is considered a key stable to my survival because it is usually dinner at the ballpark.
These are just five of many reasons why Opening Day is so important to baseball fans. If you have any other things that make Opening Day so important, Drop Me A Line and I’ll post some of the other opinions.
Until next time.