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It’s here, folks. Opening Day. Well, opening day to the extent that most American baseball fans will think of it. For purposes of enjoying this day, we’re going to ignore the two games played by Oakland and Seattle in Japan last week — games that we later found out many fans did not know were being played.

I’ve heard some people even treat this day like a national holiday, taking a vacation day from the job to sit in front of ESPN and other outlets showing games. I work from home and if I don’t get stuff done I don’t get paid, so I’ll still be working, but the television will be on in the background.

Brad Beneke has penned detailed season previews you can access via links in the table below. Also below are predictions for the playoffs from Brad, Tony and Andy. The 2012 season is now officially underway.

Brad
Andy Tony
AL East New York Yankees New York Yankees New York Yankees
AL Central Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers
AL West Los Angeles Angels Texas Rangers Texas Rangers
AL Wild Card Texas Rangers Boston Red Sox Los Angeles Angels
AL Wild Card loser Tampa Bay Rays Los Angeles Angels Toronto Blue Jays
NL East Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies
NL Central Cincinnati Reds Milwaukee Brewers St. Louis Cardinals
NL West San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card Los Angeles Dodgers Cincinnati Reds Milwaukee Brewers
NL Wild Card loser Atlanta Braves Washington Nationals Washington Nationals
AL Champion New York Yankees New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
NL Champion Cincinnati Reds Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies
World Series Champion New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies

First of all, I realize this isn’t a new concept. Sports leagues have been whoring themselves abroad for quite some time, but none have ever done so as cheaply as Bud Selig has done with our beloved Major League Baseball.

Remember how the Cincinnati Reds used to open up every season as the first game because they were the oldest team in baseball?

Remember when you could watch the Major League opener on ESPN from noon until bedtime?

Well, now ESPN sells a lie because this year Opening Day was Wednesday, March 28th 2012. It just took place across the globe at 6 a.m., which is a lot like a sucker punch from someone promising long lasting kiss.
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