What is the appeal of Opening Day?
Friday is Opening Day for the Milwaukee Brewers, though the 2012 Major League Baseball season officially began ... last week? (Remember - Oakland and Seattle officially opened the year in Japan at the end of March).
I've never understood the appeal of Opening Day, even as a youngster who loved baseball with a passion. I was all set to be the next Rickey Henderson – at least until they started throwing off-speed stuff.
Perhaps it's something that has to be ingrained in you by others, like being taken to consecutive opening days by your parents or your dad lets you skip school to watch it on TV. I don't know. I never got into the pomp and circumstance.
I've covered a few Opening Days, my favorite being a Mark Buehrle-Jake Westbrook masterpiece in 2005 that lasted one hour and 51 minutes. Fans were ticked because they cut off beer sales in the seventh inning, which was only about an hour after first pitch on a sunny afternoon.
Why did I like that one so much? One, it was perfectly pitched. I'll take 1-0 any day over 10-8. And, I was out of there before rush hour.
Trust me, I'm not a cynical, jaded sports writer. I still love sports and participate in them when I can (and when my knees allow). But I don't "get" Opening Day. It's 1/162 of a season. It means no more, no less, than the game on July 20 or Aug. 20.
Why does it matter who throws out the first pitch? Why break out new decorations and paint?
I'm not saying the vibe isn't fun. I've attended a couple of Brewers opening days as a spectator, actually, and it's a great scene. You can't beat tailgating at a baseball game, perhaps because the weather is generally better than football season.
I guess I just don't know why it's like that on this one day, as opposed to every day. I'm sure the Brewers – and other teams – wonder the same thing. It's the same team, the same players, the same game.
Maybe someone should celebrate the Opening Day of June, too. Or Opening Day of Summer Solstice. To me, it seems that arbitrary.
Friday will be fun, because baseball starts ... about a week after it officially started.
I'll tell you this, though – I'm really looking forward to the 17, the Opening Day of Tuesdays, when the Brewers return home from a seven-game road trip. That should be fun.
To be sure, students/grads of Barnard Sarah Lawrence and Hunter College would agree with you. Taking cocaine at a bar in the third ward is more fun(except paying for it). As for ballgame fans the "appeal" is that it is opening day or is this a statement of the obvious. Me thinks the writer is howling at the moon.
What is the appeal? You really need to ask that question? Here's why: On Opening Day, everyone is tied for first. Opening day in the north means if not the end of winter (snowouts in Cleveland?), the nearness of spring. Opening day, for true baseball fans, marks the beginning of six or (hopefully) seven months of being able to go to the ballpark, cookout, play Cornhole have a few beers and share with 40,000 of your closest friends the joy of winning and the sorrow of losing. Opening marks a return to the wonderful daily routine of summertime life in which the soundtrack is Bob Uecker calling home runs and telling stories, not necessarily in that order. Beginning with opening day, we get to--on a daily basis--watch amazing plays by players all over the league on the highlight shows or read the box scores or complain about what "our" manager should or shouldn't have done. We'v been without baseball since October. Celebrate Opening Day? Hell yes!
mkelover....you are correct sir. Why write an article that everyone is going to agree with...where the fun in that..right sandstorm? :) and getting back to opening day...I went to many opening day games at County Stadium...I was younger then and cold beer went well with cold weather...that's why I love Miller Park...perfect weather for all games. However, as I get older, I have trouble tolerating the obnoxious drugs at opening day, so I no longer attend. Go Brewers!!!!!
regardless, that kid with the big yellow mustache giving the thumbs up makes me smile.
Ha...just reread....guess he must have edited article to say he has been to opening day at Miller Park....wasn't there when I first posted....
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