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