Last night was Opening Day for the Mets. Today is Opening Day for everybody else. Even so, baseball isn’t the story of the day in sports. That would be the NCAA Tournament.
No matter your baseball team, the headlines in the morning will be about Ohio State and Florida. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, why does MLB shortschange itself by sharing the headlines with another sport?
Everybody should have opened yesterday, or better still, everybody should open tomorrow. Opening Day used to be special, and the season always started in Cincinnati and Washington before anywhere else. That’s another baseball tradition flushed away.
Even so, why can’t the sport do the right thing and showcase the start of its season on a day when it doesn’t have to share the headlines?
And, Mets-Cardinals weren’t the only game in town. The Giants and Oakland played an exhibition game. How stupid is that? The regular season starts for two teams on the day spring training ends for two others. The NFL would consider doing such a dumb thing, yet baseball does it all the time.
Just doesn’t make sense. Have everybody open the same day and make it like a semi-national holiday. It won’t be like football, but the marketing and television potential could be impressive, and isn’t that what MLB cares about in the first place?
The tradition and essence of Opening Day used to be special, but MLB threw that away.