Charlie Brown is a symbol of what it means to really love baseball. Year after year, he and his team lose every game, yet baseball is his favorite part of life. We all need to take a page out of Charlie Brown’s book. Especially Red Sox fans this year. We have to remember that we loved the Sox before 2004 and can love them this year, regardless of their potential or lack there of. That’s not to say that I don’t like winning…it’s just not my point today. After all, today is Opening Day and hope springs eternal, right?
Therefore, the fact that the Sox are not anticipated to have a stellar year should not enter into feelings regarding Opening Day. For one thing, Opening Day is the opening of all of Major League Baseball. This means on any day, we can turn on the t.v. and watch a baseball game. It means that fantasy leagues begin. It means that box scores are in the paper every day. It means Baseball Tonight is on every night. In short, it means pure bliss.
Here’s to the hope and excitement that Opening Day brings. Here’s to the weather warming up, leaves on the trees, green in the grass, spring really arriving. Here’s to leaving any negativity and Popeye’s chicken behind with the memory of last year. Here’s to baseball. PLAY BALL.