For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone
The flowers appear on the Earth
The time of the singing of birds is come
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
The legendary Ernie Harwell led off with this poem before the first broadcast of Tigers baseball season every year. Harwell recited the poem in reference to the rebirth of baseball, Spring and Easter. This piece is heavy on tradition. Nothing beats the feel of Opening Day.
St.Louis’ best Opening Day tradition
By the time you read this the Clydesdales will have circled the field and the red jackets will have greeted the 2017 Cardinals. From Dean, to Musial, to Smith, The St.Louis tradition is unlike any other ballclub’s in baseball. Forget what the traditional calendar tells you, in St. Louis the new year starts today.
Spring Training is great. You have the return of baseball activities, the competitors in camp, and this year the World Baseball Classic. But it all leads to the pomp and circumstance that comes with Opening Day.
Rosters have been set, the uniforms are crisp, the lines a have been painted and the red, white and blue bunting has been hung. We are all ready for the games that count.
The end of a long winter’s nap
Its great to follow a ballclub that draws viewership. The fan base is wide and covers a lot of the Midwest. For the second year in a row the Cardinals have drawn the opening Sunday of the season. I’m still a traditionalist that would prefer the true Opening Day, but I won’t complain about Live baseball.
Gather around family and friends on the day I feel should be a national holiday. Enjoy the return of our national pastime.
Opening Day: the first day of the rest of your life.
Thanks for reading,