Today is a sacred, glorious day in our lives. A day when all is good in the world and fathers and sons can unite no matter what happens the rest of the year. A day when the sky is more blue and the grass is greener than ever. A day of eternal hope that is renewed each year...everyone is equal...everyone has a chance...everyone is welcome. I'm talking about Opening Day of the greatest game ever invented...BASEBALL!!!
Baseball has stood the test of time and will continue to persevere through all the tests. Baseball, in it purest form, is the perfect game. It is a game with a 1000 games inside of itself. There are a million scenarios that have to be memorized with all units of the team coming together for a common goal. It's an individual game, but not one person can win alone...it takes a team. It's a mental game and you have to rely on your teammates to pick you up and come together to win.
It's about hot dogs grilling in the backyard, onions burning, and beer flowing. It's about that one pitch that makes or breaks the game...that one hit that gets the rally going, that one play that wins it all.
Most importantly, it's about love. It's about taking your kids to the game to see their heroes on the diamond. For me, last year was one of the most memorable times as a father. We took our kids to their first game and I held my 4 year old in my arms as I carried him through the tunnel to our section to find our seats. As soon as we walked out the tunnel and looked at how big the field was, he let out a huge gasp and sigh. He was speechless and his reaction was so innocent and priceless.
Here's to a new season...