To most baseball fans whether they be casual fans or die hard, Opening Day is a national holiday or at least it should be. Those not familiar with the game sometimes wonder what is so special about the first game of what seems like an endless season? It is just one of 162 games each team plays per year. Baseball itself sometimes downplays the reverence of Opening Day. They will use clichés such as “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon” or “games in April are not as important” as though the later the calendar gets the more significance there is.