Opening Day

Dan Wheat-RiversContributor IApril 6, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 05:  Fireworks go off during the singing of the National Anthem before the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Atlanta Braves on April 5, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today's game is the opening of the 2009 major league baseball season.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Today is one of the annual days where people all over the country call in sick to work, a day when parents keep their kids home from school. Today is the beginning of summer. Today is opening day.

Today is a day when adults get to be kids again. Today is a day when parents teach their children the rules of the game, a day when kids learn about teamwork. Today is a day when kids put on there newly broken-in glove for the first time.

Baseball is the nation's pastime. It connects generation to generation, because it’s everywhere. If you don’t have a major league team close to you, you have a minor league team nearby. It is time to reminisce about days gone by and celebrate those ahead.

It doesn’t matter what team you root for, today every team is tied and anyone can win the championship. Every team will play 162 games in the next 182 days. In the next three months, fans will be overcome with joy, overwhelmed with heartache, and they will show up every day to pull for their team.

From Seattle to Miami and San Diego to Boston, in small towns and big cities, today starts with a new hope. It is a time for cheering, and time to come together with old friends. Sit in the stands today with family, friends, and the ghosts of days gone by.

Get out the peanuts and cracker jacks, it’s time to watch the boys of summer. Today is opening day.