Every spring, it seems the "so called" experts start out with picks for the MLB division crowns, wildcard teams, and eventual World Series winners. They even have it down to predicting who will win the MVP, Cy Young, and comeback player of the year awards.
Then comes opening day and the sportswriters, and bloggers, have a field day with everything that happens on opening day. OMG, the Yankees lost to the Orioles and C. C. Sabathia pitched a horrible game($300 million + down the drain), and Mark Teixeira went O fer. It's the end of the world.i
The Mets actually didn't blow a 1 run lead, and that's big news...they're the next World Champs. Are you kidding me?
So, what does it all mean? Well, for one day, the Orioles, Jays, Angels, Mariners, Rangers, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Cubs, Pirates, Dodgers and D-Backs - by winning - are all in first place. Plus, there are a couple of 0-0 Teams in first in the AL Central...White Sox and Royals, they were snowed/rained/or frozen out.
Stat people went crazy because two players for the D-Backs(Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark), each hit 2 home runs(one batting left, and one batting right). That was the first time in MLB history(when these stats were kept) that one person hit home runs from opposite sides of the plate on opening day, let alone two. I didn't know they kept stats like that...I wonder if there was a betting line on that happening. I'll bet there's one next year or even tomorrow in Vegas.
Truth is, I love baseball for this reason. It's like the economy...everyone is hopeful at the start. Your team may be in first place for a day, a week, who knows. But at the beginning of every season, we all have hope, that maybe our team can go all the way.
As a long suffering Phillies fan for many years(sorry I can't tell you how many years because it's embarrassing), I undertsand this sentiment. I've felt this sentiment, until the Phillies won their first World Series in 1980. And the way they won it, through the playoffs and the World Series, at times, it was excrutiating, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
So, in this time of economic trouble and disaster, let's look to the coming days, as ones of hope, and recovery for everyone. Hope for us, hope for our country, and hope for the world.