Opening Day!!!!

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone – the sun came out today!  We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. 

A-roundin’ third, and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man; Anyone can understand the way I feel.

–”Centerfield” by John Fogerty

Here we go…the Major League Baseball (MLB) season starts today. Are you excited? You can almost smell the freshly-cut grass from the fields, right? It means that spring is here and summer is not far behind.

Every team is equal today – with dreams of the World Series dancing through their heads! 12 teams hit the fields today to get season started.

Now instead of following the Barry Bonds trial (Leave Barry Alone!), we can catch a game! If the dog days of summer don’t amuse us, we have the Roger Clemens trial to look forward to (Leave Roger Alone!). In case you didn’t catch it, I’m a fan of these two former players.

Some of my readers are probably wondering why I am writing about baseball. Well, I used to play baseball and I was a manager of a baseball team. Although the baseball I played was far removed from MLB (Little League, Pony League) and the team I “managed” was a T-ball team, I think that gives me the experience needed to write about Major League Baseball. I imagine that dealing with parents is a lot like dealing with millionaire baseball players. Yogi Berra once said that “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”

Last summer I was fortunate enough to be able attend a MLB game in Kansas City with two of my favorite teams playing (Royals and Cardinals). It was the first MLB game I had attended in years, but I had recently attended some minor league games. I was impressed with the hoopla at the ballpark and how attending a game is an event, not just a baseball game. As Yogi Berra once said, “If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.”

I was not impressed with the ticket prices or t-shirt prices, or for that matter, the price of a hotdog – but that was so 2010!

Many readers are probably wondering which teams I am selecting to be in the World Series, drum roll please….

Here we go: The 2011 World Series will be between the American League Champion Kansas City Royals and the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams are undefeated (as of the posting of this column). Anything is possible on opening day!

Enjoy the song and the video: