The Beauty Of Opening Day

April 5, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A general view as fans enter the stands for the opening day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Sorry for the lack of content today, but let's talk opening day baseball! I'd like to start off by mentioning how disgusted I am by the format Bud Selig and the schedule makers chose to take with MLB Opening Day (s) this year.

That certainly does not correspond with my title, but simply put I am quite annoyed. The MLB started in Japan, then started in Miami, then New York, and then teams start again tomorrow. The Marlins played a one game series....since when do baseball teams play one game series?

I love opening day. It's my favorite day of the year every year, but this year it was changed to a terrible format. I have no problem with the MLB sending teams to Japan, as it's all about the globalization and marketing of the MLB. That's fine, but having three other opening days in addition to that completely diminishes any meaning of opening day.

I'm sitting here today watching baseball, and I can't shake the feeling that it's still Spring Training. The Yankees season doesn't start until tomorrow, and who knows if that will feel like it did years before.

All that being said, baseball is (almost?) here, folks. The balls are hitting the bats, the grass is cut artificial turf is set and ready to go, and tomorrow the Yankees will take the field.

There will be no more weekends without baseball for months. Months! I'm extremely excited, and that's the beauty of opening day. No matter what the schedule makers do to try to ruin the experience, once the first pitch is thrown by James Shields tomorrow I will feel the best I've felt since October.

*Feel free to use this as an open thread for the day*

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