Forget about the nonsense that took place in Japan last week. No one considers the series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics in the Tokyo Dome to be Opening Day for the 2012 MLB season.
The real season gets underway this Wednesday as the newly branded Miami Marlins take on the World Series champs St. Louis Cardinals.
With the MLB season being the longest in professional sports, Opening Day has the least amount of impact on the standings. The way you get started will rarely influence the end result and serves more as a symbolic beginning of spring for the country.
But that does not mean we can't have fun with some predictions. Here are some things we may not expect as our teams begin their long march to a pennant.