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article imageOp-Ed: MLB, Opening Day

By Michael Bearak     Apr 4, 2010 in Sports
Every spring is signified by a number of different events from flowers blossoming, pollin dropping, and the sound of baseballs being hit and caught.
Sunday is start of the 2010 baseball season as the New York Yankees travel to Boston to face the Red Sox on a rivalry match-up in the American League East.
The start of baseball the type of thing that stories are made of, like "Casey at Bat" and of course the John Fogarty song "Centerfield." The smell of hot dogs, cotton candy, and cut grass fill the air as the season gets under way.
The start of the season everyone is equal, everyone is in first place and the hope of players and fans alike are all high.
The question for the last 102 years is whether this is the year for the Chicago Cubs or not? Whether the Yankees will repeat as World Champions? Who will be this year's unsung hero and new star?
Daddies will take their children out to their first game this spring. The oxymoron of the first game in early April and the players wearing long sleeves and jackets. Spring just evokes so many thoughts of what could be and what can be.
The guests who are invited to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field. The Green Monster of Fenway park looming high over the outfield in Boston. There just aren't many old stadiums with the Yankees now starting their second season in their new digs leaving Fenway and Wrigley as the classic stadiums. Both stadiums having their manual scoreboards, the ivy on the outfield walls of Wrigley Field and of course the neighborhood of Wrigleyville.
Outsidet the stadium looking at the main entrences
Outsidet the stadium looking at the main entrences
It is hard to tell if spring signifies the start of baseball season or if the start of baseball signifies the start of spring. Either way the start of a new season always presents possibilities. It signifies the end of the winter as spring has long been thought to be the season of new hope so is the start of a new baseball season.
The hope that the Cubs might be able to get to the World Series or better yet win it. The hope that the late season charge towards the playoffs leads to a great post-season. Nine men on the field, clean white uniforms, a batter and in the end a signal man facing a batter one-on-one. The beer-man, hot-dog guy, the bleacher bums, and the die-hard fans, Sunday is the start of what all fans have been waiting to see, the first pitch of the first game to open the new season.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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