Opening Day is just part of the allure for a baseball fan
There's no denying the various allures to Opening Day, from the hope of a new season and a blank slate, to the all-day tailgate and the chance to let loose.
In recent years Opening Day for me has been a game spent in large part in the press box. Tomorrow is the day I'll be here with the family, sitting in the stands.
As much as I enjoy the pomp and the vibe of Game 1, Game 2 is when the real baseball begins for me.
That's when I'll have a beer in one hand and a malt cup in the other; a kid in the seat to my left and a kid in the seat to the right. There will be a baseball cap on my head.
A baseball fan my whole life, I've never been a stats-head, though I did go through a phase of keeping score at all the games I attended.
But it was too much stress. I prefer to lean back, take in the sights, the sounds, the smells of the ballpark. Hearing the Iceman shout out offers of beer is as important to me as the action on the field.
So, today, look for me in the press box. I'll be having fun, but I'll spend too much time looking at a netbook and a smart phone.
Tomorrow, look for me in the stands. I'll be smiling, taking it all in, looking forward to 79 more potential opportunities to do it again before winter is back.
And whether or not the Brewers win today, I'll remain hopeful for a banner year at Miller Park.
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