Every baseball team plays a lot of games during the season. But there's only one first game. There's only one Opening Day.
Lots of work goes into making Opening Day special. In Little League, parents and league directors put together a nice ceremony, fix up all the fields, and invite the mayor to speak. In the Major Leagues, teams put the red, white, and blue bunting all over the stadium, invite special guests to throw out the first pitch, and organize a flyover during the national anthem.
At the Little League level, it's easy to complain about Opening Day. Everyone from the league has to show up bright and early. Parking is a nightmare. And it's often cold and rainy. But Opening Day is a celebration. It's a welcome-back party for the baseball community.
There's something magical about seeing all the players trot out onto the field in their brand new uniforms. It's impossible not to get goose bumps when the whole park is singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." And it's a beautiful thing to know that Opening Day means you'll get to spend the next few months with your baseball family; sitting in the bleachers together, grabbing post-game pizzas, and building life-long memories.
It would definitely be easier for everyone involved to treat Opening Day like any other game day. But that would mean missing out on the opportunity to celebrate baseball, the community, and our love for both.
Make it a great day!
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