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.
|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.