"I love Opening Day. I think we all do, whether it's the players, coaches or front office. It's just a special day in our American culture. It's weaved into the fabric of what we are, and I think it's a great day." - Padres manager Bud Black
Today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball - a day our family really looks forward to! The Astros are in San Diego tonight (can you take your pets to PETCO Park?), then Chicago, so their Home Opener won't be until next Monday the 7th. Bubba and Bubba's Dad will be there - it is a tradition that they go to the Astros' Opening Day game every year, and have since Bubba was just a little kid (now he's a big kid).
The Astros are a new team this year - we've lost a few players, including Craig Biggio who retired at the end of last season, and we've gained some new ones, including second baseman Kazuo Matsui, who is on the D.L. and won't get to start playing until mid-April. He is recovering from surgery to repair an anal fissure. Bubba and I think that there should be a big promotion at Minute Maid Park when he returns - a giveaway of inflatable doughnut cushions for the first 10,000 fans! It could be sponsored by one of the local hospitals. It's brilliant.
So buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and root root root for the home team - it's time to PLAY BALL!
*An interesting fact - the song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" turns 100 this year! Read about it here.
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