Opening Day. There is nothing like it. Baseball should have its own national holiday. Seriously. Opening Day.
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Opening Day starts Sunday and spills into Monday afternoon and boy could this could not come at a better time. It's not only a sign that nice, warm weather is right around the corner. It means that one of the greatest things ever created by man (or woman) is days away from starting again. Clean slate. Everyone, every team has a chance Opening Day. Every teams focus is hoisting the World Series trophy. And it starts Sunday! Sunday! How can you sit there and not be excited? Even if you're not the biggest baseball fan, you know Opening Day brings nice weather closer and closer. It should be a national holiday!
Fresh cut grass. Tossing a baseball back and forth. Listening to the ball hit the bat. Listening to the ball hit a glove. Spitting sunflower seeds in between pitches. What is there not to like? And you get this 162 times a year and if your team is fortunate enough to play into October, how can that be beat? The correct answer is it cannot. While baseball may not be the easiest sport to watch from time to time, it's probably only because you didn't have a soul and didn't play.
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Just kidding. But seriously. You don't need to be the most athletic person ever to play baseball (Cecil Fielder), though I'm sure it never hurt. To me, it's one of the greatest sports because of that. It's a chess match between offense and defense. Sure a weak ground ball to the shortstop can seem boring, but is it really? A few things need to happen:
Shortstop needs to field it cleanly. Shortstop needs to throw it cleanly. The first baseman needs to catch it cleanly. Does it sound sexy? Hell no. But watching it is amazing, as crazy as it sounds. Baseball is one of the most fundamental games to watch. It's impressive to watch and having played myself it's just overall fun in general. Of course chick's dig the long ball. Who doesn't want to see Manny Ramirez it one 509 feet in Toronto? Or see Barry Bonds, steroids or not, hit it into McCovey Cove? Who doesn't want to see Mike Trout hardly swing and deposit an opposite field bomb? Exactly. But the game has changed a lot in the last 10 or 15 years. You don't see nearly the amount of offense that you saw in the mid 90's into the early 2000's and I'm totally fine with that. It's become even more of a chess match. Watching battle after battle at the plate. Seeing a pitcher absolutely dominate a batter, amazing. Seeing a batter turn a hanging curve into a ball sent to souvenir city, amazing.
Baseball is back, folks. Get ready for great weather. Get ready for the seventh inning stretch. Get ready for the dog days of summer. Get ready for the long ball. Get ready for no hitters. Get ready, for baseball is back!