Opening Day is officially here, and us baseball junkies couldn't be more excited.
A new season brings with it incredible excitement, much like one would feel as a kid on Christmas morning, as well as a fresh sense of hope for the success of one's favorite team.
For Baltimore Orioles fans, it's playoffs or bust, as the team added some premier free-agent talent late in the offseason to complement one of the strongest cores in baseball.
Add to that fact that two big names, catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Chris Davis, have just two years left on their current contracts, and the pressure to win now is evident.
The 2014 MLB season looks to be a fun one for O's fans. There's plenty in store, from the development of young players to the dominance of proven veterans, and of course, lots and lots of offense.
For a second straight season, the O's are entering the year having been a winning team the previous year. That in itself breeds optimism in a dedicated and passionate fanbase.
But there are other reasons for Birdland to be stoked about the upcoming baseball season. And I'm about to highlight those reasons.