Today is the Chicago White Sox Home Opener; finally! This post should have been written months ago, but as we all are painfully aware, life changed dramatically. But let’s put THAT aside.
As a fan, the White Sox home opener was always a holiday in my family. We went to the game, were called out of school as “going to the game”, never sick. A tradition that I carried on with my own three kids. No matter what the weather, we went to the game.
Opening Day is like your birthday, Christmas and family vacation all rolled into one. It takes on what Spring means, rebirth. This year it comes on the 24th of July, so that “rebirth” has definitely gone past it’s “due date”; but nonetheless, still a welcomed celebration. And since my birthday is tomorrow, it’s a “dual” celebration!
Opening Day is full of promise. Every team is in a tie for first place. (I know, with the games beginning last night, the Yankees and the Dodgers are in first, but you get the idea). Every player has the potential to have an awesome season. Every team may go to the World Series. We may see no hitters or even perfect games. There will be walk off home runs or even better, clutch hits down the line. We will see amazing defensive plays. We may see our favorite players be the hero all season long. We may see some rookie have the start of a long, successful career. Ah, the possibilities are endless.
I am not thrilled with the abbreviated season, some of the lame rules that have been put in place, not being able to attend the games, nor the “playoff” structure; but BASEBALL IS BACK!!!
So whichever team has your loyalties and love, I wish you the best! I will be rooting for the White Sox at 7:10pC tonight! Have a dog and a beer, kick back and enjoy the season.
~ Coach Mike