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Cold Beer: On Opening Day

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I was able to purchase my tickets for Opening Day this afternoon thanks to the Orioles limited pre-sale for season-ticket holders. Even though the game is ten weeks out, the thought of hitting the yard for the first time has been on my mind most of the day.

Three thoughts on the O’s and Opening Day…

1. Opening Day should be a national holiday. Or at least a local one. Seriously, no one wants to be at work. No kid wants to be at school. It feels like the whole town is out to lunch. It’s ‘America’s Pastime,’ so let America celebrate it.

2. All Opening Day games should be just that: day games. No more of this evening baseball in April. Beer, hot dog, sunshine. To the Orioles credit, they got this one right. Despite the unusual occurrence of having a home-opener on a Friday (Friday!), the Warehouse was wise enough to keep the start time at 3pm.

3. In accordance with establishing Opening Day as a national holiday, the league should be smart enough to straighten out the schedule. With the exception of the Sunday Night Lead-in Game, every other Opening Day game should be played on Monday. O’s fans got the sort-end on this one this year; the Birds open on Tuesday in Tampa. Tuesday. Pathetic. I understand that the league is worried about every team having an off day together, but no fans should have to sit and wait for their magic moment.

“You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” – Joe DiMaggio, on Opening Day.

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