Baseball Opening Day, Should We Cheer or Yawn?

Rory BarnettContributor IMarch 23, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01:  Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig attends the 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Celebration at The IAC Building on December 1, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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The official start of another baseball season is almost upon us. The season kicks off April 4 with two of baseball's most historic and hated rivalry - the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. However, my question is should we stand up and cheer or sit back and let out a long yawn? I say the latter.

Baseball is one of the most loved sports in this country. It has been taught from generation to generation since the early 1900s. It has been represented or used as a background in almost every Hollywood sports movie like 'Field of Dreams' or 'Major League.'

But on the other hand, baseball is a very long season. Almost too long. When I was young, I remember my dad telling me that each team plays a total of 162 games each season and my initial reaction was "Wow." My father, who played ball from his early teens to his mid-20s, said it has been that way since 1961. Again, I remember saying "Wow." And not surprising, I still feel the same way 32 years later.

There are also some people who still don't watch or care about baseball. Whether it be because of the labor stoppages and strikes in the mid-90s or because of the latest steroid allegations and affairs in the past couple years, which in my opinion has tarnished the game (sort of like what all the recalls have done to Toyota). These are feelings that can't be fixed - yes, they can be tweaked or loosened, but not completely removed.

But when it comes down to it, baseball will always be America's most cherished sport. Tarnished or loved, the game of baseball will always remain in our hearts.

For me, opening day is a sign that summer is right around the corner, which always gives me goose bumps on my white pasty legs. It reminds me of my little league days, the one-liners I couldn't stop laughing at from 'Major League', but most of all, the time my dad taught me how to throw and catch a ball.

But every season, it won't surprise me if I have a co-worker or a friendly patron at a local sports bar say, "I can't believe baseball started again." I will smile at that person and reluctantly say, "It is nice to have baseball back, but its a very long season."