Opening Day Redux

Baseball used to be so simple. Opening Day was signified by a parade in Cincinnati followed by an afternoon baseball game. Somehow that all changed, Opening Day has been replaced by Opening Week and games start on all dates and times.

Take this year for example. Opening Day is scheduled for April 5, 2010 unless you are the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. For them Opening Day is Sunday April 4, 2010 and it s not technically a day but rather Opening Night.

Opening Night is then followed by an off-day on what is actually Opening Day. For most of the league Opening Day was the fifth but only half the teams in baseball were able to play at home.

For those teams who open on the road, they postponed their Opening Day festivities until their first home game of the season. This happened to be the case today.

The Arizona Diamondbacks who opened at home against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field are now in Los Angeles where they find themselves celebrating Opening Day again.

In an afternoon game at Dodger Stadium the Diamondbacks played against their divisional rivals in front of a sold out crowd. For the second time in less than a week they stood on the foul line for player introductions.

Unlike Opening Day in Chase Field, things did not end well for the snakes this time around. The Dodgers scored early and often against Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy and the home team won the game 9-5.

So for those scoring at home, the Arizona Diamondbacks are 1-1 on Opening Day for the 2010 season.

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