Pastel colors, flip flops, flowers of all sorts blooming, and fashion at it's flirtiest. The weather is warming, or at least it's supposed to be, must mean one thing... Opening Day of Baseball. Gee whiz, what did you think I was going to say, spring?!
Easter Sunday marked the opening the 2010 MLB season in the finest of form. Monster-fab team Boston Red Sox played catch and release with the Boys of 'ol New 'Yowk' (i.e. NY Yankees), and it was to the thrill of baseball fans Nationwide. 'Twas a game that set up the 2010 Season for absolute awesomeness, as The Yanks made their statement. It seems as though they are ready to reclaim their October title. It's official chickys, the boys of summer are back. We couldn't be more excited.
There are few things in the world more American then baseball. Opening day at the park gives us that "I love this country, and everything that equates to apple pie" feeling. It's a feeling that tingles in our toes, through our bodies, and up along our hot dog and beer holdin' fingers.
Opening Day tells the tale of baseball past, and Glam Gals seeeks to be it's historian. We'll start by clicking our heals together while chanting "There's no place like home plate. There's no place like home plate."
Opening Day hasn't always been smooth sailing, but it does hold loads of bloopers and loads of history. These are some of our favorite opening day facts... Joe Dimaggio once said when asked about Opening Day "You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen."
Everyone knows the only way to run the country, is by ruling the mound. Many-a-president has been embarrassed by their "lack of arm", but baseball stands it's tradition. The first pitch of the baseball season has belonged to the sitting US President since 1912. The first Prezy to wind-it-up was William Taft, and since Taft, its become an ongoing tradition for the commander in chief to play commander of plate. Regardless of their party affiliation, when they're on the mound, the majority of our presidents keep to the right. Harry Truman has been the only president to date to throw a left-handed pitch.
New York 1907, Opening day at the ball park and The New York Giants shivered their way onto the field to play the Philadelphia Phillies. This opening day game happened in the midst of one of the heaviest snow storms in baseball history. After the Giants had a couple less then stellar innings, the cold and frustrated fans began throwing snowballs on the field and at the opposing team. The unsportsmanlike behavior of the New York crowd forced the ump to call a forfeit, giving The Phillies a W upon default.
Can you imagine sending your favorite MLB team a cleaning bill? Well, if you attended the Opening Day game for the Red Sox in 1946, you might have sent the team a yellow dry cleaning slip. The baseball stands, freshly painted, failed to dry after a damp rainy opening day. Not seeing the consequence ahead of time, the park opened as scheduled, and the fans took their seats, cheered on the boys, and then left the stadium... red... in the pants. Thank goodness for their shorts, the team offered to pay the tab on the overwhelming dry-cleaning bill.
The 1970's were all about freedom of expression. Anything goes, and everyone had something to say, regardless of how it's being said. No wonder that opening day 1974 Chicago-Comiskey Park, a slew of fans decided to streak through the stadium and cause ruckus in the stands, and on the field. A disco ball, perhaps? An opening day statement, most definitely. One for the books in fact!
Some famous firsts have happened over the years when ball park has opened for business. Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 714th Home Run and tied Babe Ruth for the most career home runs opening day. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the MLB on opening day, and "The Kid", Ken Griffey Jr. earned the record for most career home runs, with a whopping eight times around the field!
It's safe to say we love baseball, we love opening day, and we're so excited to share the 2010 series with the glamorous, and the fabulous. A lot to cover, a lot to love. Hence forward, welcome to baseball.