1, Everyone is 0-0, .000, 0.00 – a tabula rasa, the whole world of possibilities awaiting
2, The pomp and circumstance – dignitaries, celebrity anthem singers, flyovers, bunting (but I could have done without Neil Diamond last night at Fenway).
3, The pre-game introductions of the entire team, even the equipment managers
4, The excitement in the eyes of the rookies doing it all for the first time, as they stand on the base line
5, The stats count – for your fantasy team, too
6, When someone homers, you get to say, “He’s on pace for 162,” and it’s funny every year.
7, You know there’s 161 more games ahead, the six-month soap opera and reality show about to commence
8, At least 161 more. Eternal hope, and the sense that anything is possible. Pirates fans can dream of contention and Cubs fans can believe this will finally be the year. Mariners fans, too.
9, Even people who don’t care about baseball are paying attention today.
10, Baseball is back. For real.