“And they’ll walk out to the bleachers, and sit in shirt-sleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game, and it’ll be as if they’d dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces”- Terence Mann (James Earl Jones).
I cannot believe it is almost here. Our nations past time starts tomorrow with one of the best days in sports. Opening Day is not like the start of any other sport. Opening Day starts the longest season in professional sports, but in my opinion Opening Day is different than the other 161 regular season games. To me Opening Day has a more majestic feeling to it: the teams play their best lineups, the ball park is usually sold out making a tremendous atmosphere, it marks the first game of baseball in a long 162 game season for the fans, and the best part of it is seeing all of the fans older or younger with huge smiles on their faces watching their favorite players and beloved team play ball again.
No matter what team you are a fan of, could be the Sox, Cubs, Cardinals, Yankees, Red Sox’s it does not matter each team’s opening day is special in there own ways. Since I am a Cubs fan there is nothing like getting off the Red Line, and seeing the Wrig a short distance away, and feeling that cold, march weather with the crazy winds coming off the lake blowing into Wrigley. Then, as you walk into Wrigley it is not like the summer games. The Ivy is all dead with a brownish color, the flags on each foul pole and on top of the score board in center are going crazy, and the atmosphere is electric form the start of the national anthem which is usually led by a famous celebrity who is a die hard Cub fan. Just writing about this day is getting me excited for tomorrow. Excited to watch my Cubbies finally play after a long awaited off-season.
I am not the only fan excited to watch their team play, all across America fans of every age are waiting for this day. The Day that starts the road to glory, and even heartbreak for some fans. No matter what team you cheer for, I hope opening day is as special to you, as it is for me. Baseball is a beautiful game filled with pride, amusement, heartbreak, adversity, glory, and most of all happiness, which all starts tomorrow. So I wish you all get to sit back, relax, and enjoy your teams first game. Happy Opening Day to you all!!!!!
” This field, this game — it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.” -Terence Mann (James Earl Jones)