The real Opening Day

Happy Opening Day.

Yep, you heard that right. I know the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets commenced the regular season last night, but in my eyes, that’s just another game. I’d like to know how many of you out there in cyberspace actually sit down and watch ESPN’s annual Sunday night opener?

Reason I ask is that I annually boycott that game on purpose. It’s my own private protest. Years ago, baseball veered away from having the traditional opener in Cincinnati, and that’s fine. The Reds may be our country’s oldest professional team, but if you discontinue that tradition in the name of progress, I can live with it.

But holding one game on a Sunday night, even while exhibition games are still being played, is just something I can’t get enjoy. So I listened to the Cards-Mets on radio last night, then woke up this morning primed for some viewing.

First thing I saw was Tampa Bay’s precocious youngster, Elijah Dukes, going yard to deep right-center at Yankee Stadium. The Devil Rays will lose a lot this year, but you can’t deny they have some impressive young talent in their everyday lineup.

By the way, Alex Rodriguez has already made an error in this game. The ESPN folks are having a lot of fun panning in on him after every move he makes. Should be a fun year for A-Rod in the Bronx.

The A’s open in about 3 1/2 hours at Seattle, and I’ll be blogging periodically throughout the contest.

One other thing. The Q&A page on our Web site is being discontinued (at least that’s what I’ve been told). So if you have questions for me, please leave them in the comment box or e-mail them to me at rhurd@cctimes.com.