Two days of the sporting year rise above all others. At least in my mind. One of them is today, Opening Day. There’s no other day like it in baseball. For one day, you feel good about your team, whether you’re a perennial contender or a team down on its luck. Everybody has a shot on Opening Day. It’s a day of rebirth.
My second favorite sports day of the year? The first day of the Baseball Playoffs. But that’s not until October.
So everyone should enjoy Monday to the fullest. Rush out of work a little early to catch the game. Listen or watch discreetly from your office, be it on MLB.TV or on Gameday. Today is the reason you love baseball. All the excitement comes back.
For the Red Sox, it should be a fascinating year. Can Matsuzaka live up to the hype? Can Schilling still get it done at 40? Will Varitek bounce back at the plate?
Can the Cleveland version of Coco Crisp surface? Is this the year that Josh Beckett busts out into an ace? Will Pedroia hold up as the everyday second baseman? Can Papelbon be as good as he was last year?
All of these issues and more will be on your mind just not today, but on a daily basis for the next six months.
Welcome back, Baseball. If you love the sport, today is your day.