It’s the best day of the year, better than Christmas, my birthday and even your birthday. It’s Opening Day for MLB. One would think that you can’t mess opening day up but one would be completely wrong, this is Bud Selig we are talking about, the man messed up an All-Star game. Opening Day 2011 should be titled Opening Day 2011 Part 1 and Part 2 or Opening Days 2011. Selig decided this year to start the season earlier so he gave teams the option to choose rather they wanted to play Thursday or Saturday. Most teams chose Friday but a few chose Thursday because of projected weather conditions on Friday.
This doesn’t make any sense to me why wouldn’t Selig have all of the teams start on the same day? From a PR perspective I think having every team start on the same day would only strengthen the game. A day full of baseball games where all of your stars can shine only makes things better for the league it doesn’t hurt it.
Not putting all the games on the same day only weakens the product. Let me make one thing clear baseball is going to be fine; this is just a minor thing but why not start the season off well. What’s beautiful about opening day is that every team has a chance. There’s a belief that this could be your season.
Baseball used to be America’s sport but football has taken over that title. The NFL is potentially facing a shortened season and it looks like the NBA is going the same way, this could have been baseball’s chance to become the national pastime once more. This was baseballs chance to win their season. They blew it.
This is the first time I saw this commercial and nearly brought me to tears. For those of you who don’t know Ken Griffey Jr. is the reason that I love sports, as far as I can remember I have idolized the guy. I don’t know the guy but I would love to sit with him for a few minutes and just talk to him about his career and what baseball meant to him (if anyone can set this up for me I would be eternally grateful). To me, Griffey is the GOAT (greatest of all-time) but it wasn’t just his skills that made him that. Yes, he was the ultimate five tool player, he hit average and power, he could steal bases with the best of them, greatest outfielder I have ever had the chance to see play and a gun for an arm. These weren’t what drew me in though.
What made Griffey special to me was his love for the game and you could see it from his smile and his backwards cap. The guy simply loved the game and because of that he made me fan. That’s why I still have a Griffey poster and pennant on my wall, that’s why I still look at videos of him playing, that’s why I cried when my grandmaw ruined my brand new pair of Griffey’s in eighth grade, that’s why I wore my Griffey gear to every Astros game they played against the Reds, that’s why I still have a Griffey All-Star jersey and a Griffey Mariners shirt . If anyone was to ask me who the greatest athlete of all-time was I would answer Griffey. If my son wants to play baseball I hope he plays with the passion that Griffey does and has a swing as pretty as his.
If Griffey would have never gotten hurt he would be the home run leader but he played the game right way and that’s why he’ll always be the best.
The game was made for Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. was made for the game.
I was at this game.
God Bless and Sic Em Bears