I have been hearing lately that this sport called baseball is opening tonight. Who knew?
Just when the Premiere League was getting good…
All jokes aside, today and tomorrow will be absolutely wonderful days (by the way, Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it). The anxiety from wakeup time until 8:05 pm EST will be unbearable to all baseball fans. For this reason, I hope to relax you by providing the top 5 reasons why Opening Day should be a national holiday.
1. The pitching matchups. Sabathia vs. Beckett. Johnson vs. Santana. Jimenez vs. Gallardo. Verlander vs. Greinke. Halladay vs. Lannan (okay, that one probably doesn’t have the same standing as the others, but this is a Nationals blog after all). You would think that these types of matchups would occur every five days, and in some cases they do. However, due to off-days and some teams carrying only four starting pitchers at the start of the year (like the Nationals, by the way), aces don’t always pitch against aces. So, enjoy these premier matchups while you can. They don’t come around often.
2. Postseason dreams. On day one of the MLB regular season, every team has a chance to play in the postseason. Or, maybe more accurately, every fan thinks his or her team has a chance to play late into October. If you watched the Red Sox – Nationals exhibition game yesterday, you will know where this is stemming from. Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble (MASN’s television analysts) used their analytical prowess (or something like that) to make Alberto Gonzalez seem like a potential all-star. If the Nationals’ starting rotation lives up to Dibble’s simple expectations (e.g. 6 or 7 IP per start and 3 or fewer runs), then yes, it is entirely possible the Nationals will make the postseason. I don’t want to burst our bubble here (after all, we get hope too!), so, let’s just go with what Dibble says.
3. Baseball games galore. Between tonight and tomorrow, there are 14 games on the schedule. Take advantage of this because in about two weeks, this will not seem extraordinary. Right now, the very idea of each game having some importance is overwhelming. In two weeks, it will be just another day on the baseball schedule.
4. Prospects, prospects, prospects. Is anyone else excited for Jason Heyward to make his debut? Tomorrow will be the first time that many people get to see some of the best young player in the game.
5. Baseball highlights on Sportscenter. Aren’t you tired of seeing the same old, boring NBA highlights? Dunk here, dunk there. So what? How about those diving catches, walk-off home runs, and knee-buckling curveballs? That’s what I thought; much better.
Feel free to add to this list in the comment section.
Check back tomorrow for a semi-live blog. I will be listening to the game on radio, but I will do my best to discuss the Nationals home opener tomorrow!
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Written by Sam Diament