Like every other blue-blooded, beer-guzzling American, I’m thrilled to have baseball back in my life. It becomes such a constant in one’s daily routine from late-March to late-October and once it’s taken from you, it becomes difficult to patiently wait for spring to roll around again. Why else would anyone in their right mind watch a Spring Training game?
Well it’s here again, so dust off your favorite ball cap and get your jean shorts to the laundromat. But do any of you ever feel like Opening Day gets a little less sweet with each passing year? Maybe it has more to do with getting older and having life responsibilities impede one’s ability to guzzle and spend Day One of the baseball season footloose and fancy-free. Opening Day just makes me downright fiend for the Good Ole Days. For mesh-backed hats and ringer t-shirts. For Ozzie Smith backflips, celebrity first-pitches and ballpark sing-a-longs. While there is no chance that this nostalgic tint will in any way dampen my ability to enjoy this baseball season, I can’t help but think about some of the things that made Opening Day so much fun.
– I miss powder-blue road jerseys.
– I miss v-neck jerseys and snap-waistband baseball pants.
– I miss mullets (and not just in baseball).
– I miss team pennants.
– I miss cheesy 80’s music blaring from the stadium speakers.
– I miss Jack Buck and Stan Musial.
– I miss Harry Caray’s rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.’
– I miss Will Ferrell’s impersonation of Harry Caray’s rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.’
It’s not all somber around here though. There are plenty of things that I’m looking forward to this season.
– The Upton brothers on the same team.
– The return of the classic Houston Astros logo.
– Any new ballpark grub tweeted by @DarrenRovell.
– My brother complaining about his fantasy baseball team.
– Watching a healthy and unchained Stephen Strasburg.
Enjoy the season and may your team not be relegated to shipping off its starting nine at the trade deadline.
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