Those words are music to my ears.
Baseball is back and the jubilation at Casa de Squirrel Queen is uncontainable.
There aren’t many sports I turn my nose up at, but baseball owns my heart.
The first game of the season is under way right now with the Phils taking on the Braves.
Of course I consider the first Monday the actual opening day – not just two featured teams in action, but nearly every one in the league taking to the diamond.
The green grass, the white lines, the red earth of the basepaths – that looks like heaven to me.
Sure, the A’s and Red Sox have played a pair of games out of their official 162 across the Pacific in Japan, but for me the real opening day will be tomorrow (Monday.) I know the Nationals will debut their brand-spanking new stadium in DC tonight, but even that won’t count in my eyes.
Day baseball on that Monday is the real deal and I’ll be listening to my Cardinals tomorrow as Mike Shannon tells me what Prince Albert and the gang are up to. Opening Day should be a national holiday.
For a look at my picks for the 2008 season, you can head over to Music City Bloggers. Hutch asked for my crystal ball perusals and I’m sure many of them will be wrong, but I sure enjoyed parsing out what little bit of diamond knowledge I’ve got. Hutch adds his selections and his picks for some of the big awards and players to watch. Check it out.
My pick to win it all – the Cleveland Indians. Pitching, power and defense may send the Tribe to the promised land of October baseball.