With only three days until the first pitch, the 135th Opening Day in Major League Baseball history is almost here. It's only fitting to examine what is so special about this annual American rite of passage.
Just say the words "Opening Day," and all American sports fans know exactly what you are talking about. No need to even mention the sport.
Baseball's Opening Day stands alone.
It seems as though something unique happens every season on that day. Sometimes it's iconic, like Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in 1947.
Sometimes it's awe-inspiring, like when Bob Feller pitched the first Opening Day no-no in 1940.
However, there are some things about Opening Day that make it great no matter what happens.