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Opening Day
Apr 06, 2013 | 384 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

It isn’t officially spring until the first Major League Baseball games are played on national television.

That is, if you’re a baseball fan.

Despite some pranks being pulled on Monday thanks to April Fool’s Day, there was no fooling around when it came to baseball fans across the country and beyond.

The first official games of the 2013 baseball season got underway, and a lot of new things started to happen right off the bat.

First, and probably most noticeable, was the fully integrated inter-league play that started right from Opening Day. Cincinnati, in a nail-biter of a game, went 13 innings with the Los Angeles Angels before falling 3-1.

To me, that’s just one of the most exciting moments about the baseball season. However, some old-fashioned fans, myself included, think it could be a deterrent as the season wears on.

The constant inter-league play was something I wasn’t a fan of from the beginning. When Houston made the move from the National League Central to the American League West, the thought of having two 15-team leagues resulting in everyday inter-league play had me thinking of only one thing:

Will the Designated Hitter rule change, or will teams simply have to adjust to the change?

The answer became obvious С the two leagues never came to a decision to have either all teams play with a DH or have all teams play with a pitcher at the plate.

So far, there isn’t much of fight being put up by either the fans or the baseball clubs, so I suppose the rules as they stand now are the way it’s going to stay.

But beyond that, I’m really excited to finally see what my own favorite team will be able to do this season, what with the additions of a pair of brothers during the offseason.

If you can’t tell, I’m an Atlanta Braves fan, and the fact that the team got not one but both B.J. and Justin Upton during the offseason had me very excited. The everyday lineup it could be putting out on the field once everyone is healthy is reason enough to cheer.

They won 7-5 Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, and continued play Wednesday afternoon against the divisional rival.

Even though they did have a lot of subtractions (Tommy Hanson going to the Angels, Martin Prado going to Arizona as part of the Justin Upton trade), I’m really excited to see some of the new players.

It also helped to watch World Baseball Classic, which concluded recently. It gave me a kick-start of excitement for the upcoming baseball season.

All in all, it’s an understatement to say I’m very excited for the Major League Baseball season. I’ve already had my first taste of Opening Day games.

I only watched one game, but it’s nice to know that I have the ability to watch several more, thanks to the wonderful world of cable.

Play Ball! 

 

sgillet@davisclipper.com

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