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With the return of America's Pastime comes the return of hot dogs, brews, nice weather, and good times. Some of my favorite summer memories have happened at the ball park with family, loved ones, and friends. It's a sensation and a feeling that you can only get at the ball park and can only be explained while you're there.
This year, the usual front runners like the Red Sox and Yankees are not the front runners coming into the regular season. With the recent rise of the Nationals, they have climbed to the top of many experts "World Series Watch" lists. And let us not forget about the Rangers, Angles, Giants, and Cardinals as contenders for the sports annual crown this October.
Yesterday, Bryce Harper kicked off his season in style with a stellar two-homer performance in the Nationals Opening Day win against the Marlins where ace Stephen Strasburg retired 19 straight batters in a scoreless effort on the mound.
On the opposite side of the country, the Angles newly revamped lineup that consists of names like Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton, couldn't quite find their swing as they fell in their Opening Day game.
One of the biggest storylines from Opening Day came from the Bronx. For the first time since the early 1980's the Bronx Bombers, New York Yankees, lost an Opening Day game at home when they got plastered by the Red Sox 8-2.
As many other teams hold their opening day festivities today, it will be yet another reminder that the greatest time of the year has returned. The flowers are blooming, the trees are getting their leaves back, the sun is shining, and boys are returning to the diamond.
It's a simple game, really. A pitcher throws the ball, a player with a stick tries to hit the ball out of the park, and a player on defense tries to catch it in a giant oven mitt. But, there is something about that simple game that makes it magical and majestic. Maybe it's the atmosphere, maybe it's the players, maybe it's the people that you enjoy those moments with.
It's something that we'll never know for sure. But, there is one great thing that we can all agree on and that is that baseball is back. And with that, there's only one thing left to say...
LET'S PLAY BALL!!!!!