Opening Day — The Joys of Baseball

In case you haven’t been following America’s favorite pass time the last few years or your whole life, it’s the opening day of baseball. A day that should be a national holiday. Millions of fans around the globe are celebrating. And why shouldn’t they? Baseball is an exciting sport that brings people from all walks of life together and more importantly, it brings them joy.

As a kid, baseball certainly made me happy. Every chance I had I practiced perfecting my swing. My happiest memories with my deadbeat father were going to Candlestick Park to watch our beloved San Diego Padres usually get clobbered by the mighty San Francisco Giants. My siblings and I overloaded on frozen chocolate malts, peanuts, hot dogs and sodas while intensely watching each inning. In early 1981, my beer-fueled father dared me to jump over the stands, onto the field during a game and enter the Padre’s dugout to ask for an autographed baseball. Not wanting to disappoint father dearest and to prove that, in fact, I was the bravest of them all, I followed through. A very stern Ozzie Smith screamed at me, “get back to your seat, little girl.” In great fear and dismay, I ran back to the stand with crocodile tears streaming down my face. The least he could’ve done was given me a ball. But that is okay. Another Padre redeemed his fellow Friar. In 1984, Steve Garvey signed my baseball cap at Jack Murphy Stadium.

Getting to a game this season should be everyone’s goal. Take your family. Create some memories. Take clients. Close a deal. Take your co-workers. Lift moral. Support your favorite team.

If you haven’t already done so, check your local team’s schedule and commit to going to at least one game this season. As Tommy Lasorda once said, “There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.”

The True “National Anthem” Lyrics

Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out to the crowd;

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,

I don’t care if I ever get back.

Let me root, root, root for the home team,

If they don’t win, it’s a shame.

For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,

At the old ball game.

Your Team’s Hashtags

Arizona Diamondbacks #GenerationDbacks

Atlanta Braves #ChopOn #GoBraves

Baltimore Orioles #Birdland

Boston Red Sox #DirtyWater

Chicago Cubs #EverybodyIn

Chicago White Sox #WhiteSox

Cincinnati Reds #RedsCountry

Cleveland Indians #RallyTogether

Colorado Rockies #Rockies

Detroit Tigers #DetroitSummers #MotorOn

Houston Astros #NeverSettle #TakeItBack

Kansas City Royals #RaisedRoyal

Los Angeles Angels #TheHaloWay

Los Angeles Dodgers #LABleedsBlue #Dodgers

Miami Marlins #JuntosMiami

Milwaukee Brewers #ThisIsMyCrew

Minnesota Twins #MNTwins

New York Mets #LGM

New York Yankees #PinstripePride #OrgulloYankees

Oakland A’s #RootedInOakland

Philadelphia Phillies #BeBold #RingTheBell

Pittsburgh Pirates #LetsGoBucs

San Diego Padres #LetsGoPadres #FriarFaithful

San Francisco Giants #SFGiants

Seattle Mariners #TrueToTheBlue

St. Louis Cardinals #STLCards #TimeToFly

Tampa Bay Rays #RaysUp

Texas Rangers #TogetherWe

Toronto Blue Jays #LetsGoBlueJays

Washington Nationals #OnePursuit