Bob Elliott's Opening Day Diary

An overview of Tropicana Field as the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays line up during the...

An overview of Tropicana Field as the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays line up during the national anthem on opening day at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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The first game of the major-league season is more than 1/162nd of the schedule.

It's a time of new beginnings, good starts, bad starts and obtaining a batting average, as opposed to a .000 on the scoreboard.

9:21 a.m.

I open an email from a National League manager. It's a Greg Shea poem called The Spirit of Opening Day, written in 2000, which reads in part:

"Today you'll dig in the closet for your glove and snap a ball into it while sipping your morning coffee.

"Today you'll drive to work and admonish yourself to 'keep your head down,' your eye on the road.

"Today your team will be in first, planning to stay there.

"Today you'll find yourself rotating your arm around your head to stretch the shoulder and keep loose.

"Today you'll have the steal sign.

"Today as the toast comes out of the toaster, you'll still remember how to execute a perfect 'pop-up' slide.

"Today you'll wear your jacket only on your pitching arm.

"Today your first coach is cheering. Still."

 

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