Romanticizing Opening Day

by Collin Budd | Posted on Sunday, April 5th, 2015
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Photo Credit Keith Srakocic, AP

Photo Credit Keith Srakocic, AP

It is hard not to be romantic about baseball, a simple game with a bat and a ball that has filled our lives with joy upon its return, like a long lost friend finally finding his way back home. Each summer brings upon renewed optimism for fans all over as “next season” becomes “this season” and the standings and statistics are reset yet the faces may have changed. Long gone are the days that our fathers and mothers watched players like Ted Williams and Hank Aaron take the field and are replaced with today’s heroes of Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. However, just like the previous generation, we will pass on the stories of their greatness onto the next generation between bites of concession stand hotdogs and Cracker Jacks.

Yes, Opening Day has finally arrived and with it brings the familiar aroma of freshly cut grass and the hollowed sound of ash and maple crushing pieces of leather into the warm summer sun. As the chalk lines are drawn and home plate is painted each fan base has a reason to rejoice this year. For teams like the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs today marks the start of each team’s “potential” turning into “destiny” as both franchises are predicted to make a long October run while the Arizona Diamondbacks watch the young career of touted prospect Archie Bradley finally come to fruition. The Toronto Blue Jays hope that with help from their young players they will be able to once again return the championship north of the border and the San Diego Padres are confident that their busy offseason will result in the team’s first World Series title.

Yes, it is hard not to be romantic about baseball and how the grace of a slick fielding middle infielder or the beauty of the sharp bite in a well thrown curveball can grip our lives and hearts for the next several months until it disappears yet again into the long cold winter. Baseball Hall-of Famer Rogers Hornsby said it best when he said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there is no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do, I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

From all of the staff at Baseball Hot Corner, we wish you the best for this upcoming season.

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Collin Budd
About the Author

Freelance writer covering the MLB since 2011. Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. Lover of all things except spiders and those who believe a hot dog is not a sandwich.

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