Opening Day 2013!
Opening Day 2013! In just a few days, fans from all over will tingle with excitement as Major League Baseball will resume. If you are a baseball fan, this is like Christmas or a birthday all over again. Many have commented about Opening Day in particular, including Jo DiMagio who said “You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”
On March 29, opening Day will feature the Texas Rangers traveling to Minute Maid Park and face the Houston Astros. The Astros will play their first game in the American League West, having left the National League at the end of last season.
The defending World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 1, and neither team wants to play the fool in this rivalry. Also playing that day are the Boston Red Sox vs. the Yankees, the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves, and the Seattle Mariners meet the Oakland A’s. Detroit Tigers will go against the Minnesota Twins and the Arizona Diamondbacks will welcome the St. Louis Cardinals for their first game.
No one takes Opening Day more seriously than the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional team. Not only is there a lottery just to get Opening Day tickets, but there’s a party. Cincinnati has a Baseball Holiday on the Reds’ Opening Day, complete with a parade and festival. But, Opening Day fever just doesn’t affect Reds fans, it spreads to fans all across the country.
On Opening Day, it is the only time that the entire home team roster, clubhouse staff, and coaches go to the game and are introduced to the fans. And, the Ace pitcher normally has the Opening Day honors of starting. Something that all the pitchers should strive for on Opening Day is a no-hitter, which hasn’t been achieved since Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians threw one against the Chicago White Sox in 1940. In fact, Tom Seaver started the most Opening Day games during his career with a total of 16 times.
No matter where you team plays, Opening Day is special. After all, you can eat hot dogs, peanuts, and drink beer while enjoying the sun in the afternoon. What a way to shake off winter and welcome in Spring!
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