Growing up in San Diego, there were two seasons. Perfect and Nearly Perfect. I never experienced the cold, snowy winters I see in the movies. That means I also did not experience the re-birth of spring. I did however, experience the renewal and hope that only the arrival of spring can bring.
April is my favorite month of the year. For those of you from colder climes (or those of you still there), I’m sure April ranked right up there for you too. My reason for loving April is simple. Opening Day.
When baseballs start flying around ball parks (not stadiums, parks) it signals the coming of spring. 30 teams and their fans around the country are filled with hope. Hope that their team will make the playoffs, even if it means a worst to first turn around.
For us in the desert, our hope is that the D’Backs can recapture the magic the 2011 season delivered.
We hope that Josh Collmenter and his windmill delivery will overcome his tough spring and keep tomahawking wins this year.
We hope that the addition of Jason Kubel will help protect Justin Upton and Chris Young in the middle of the lineup.
We hope that Ian Kennedy becomes even more dominant.
We hope that Stephen Drew recovers fully from his gruesome ankle injury to anchor the infield once again.
We hope that J.J. Putz continues to baffle opposition hitters in the ninth inning.
We hope that Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson continue pulling all the right strings.
Hope. It’s a great word. It fits perfectly into the beginning of spring. It fits perfectly for Opening Day. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy Opening Day too.
The Diamondbacks have sold out Opening Day. I hope you have tickets for Friday night’s matchup at Chase Field against the San Francisco Giants. 4:10 first pitch. Kennedy vs Lincecum.
Opening Day. Play ball!
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