Hope Springs Eternal, 2009

Opening Day–for some of us, the greatest day of the year. After three months of winter chill and another of spring training, the boys of summer return–a sure sign that the weather will soon warm and leaves will soon be on the trees. There’s also an egalitarian feel about Opening Day that I love–on Opening Day, every team is tied for first place.

With baseball these days just as big-money commercial as everything else, Opening Day now stretches over several days and some seasons over several continents. But my team’s Opening Day actually will be today, thanks to one timeless constant that even television contracts and pushy agents can’t change–the weather. :) To paraphrase a young pitching phenom from the Carolina League twenty years ago, some Opening Days you win, some Opening Days you lose, and some Opening Days, it rains.


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