I watched Field Of Dreams last night. I try to watch it every year before Opening Day. It’s probably my all-time favorite movie. That father-son story combined with the best sport on the planet — baseball.
It gets to me. My wife laughs when I get a little misty eyed when Ray and his dad play catch at the end. I mean, come on, how could you not though?
Field Of Dreams always gets me ready for the summer — ready for another exciting baseball season. I wake up on this morning like it’s Christmas day.
And for me, it kind of is. I know that just about every night I’ll be able to turn on the TV and watch the Birds. It’s like an old friend is back in town. One of my closest friends.
I’ve celebrated with this friend. I’ve felt devastated with this friend. We’ve been through it all. I couldn’t be more glad to have this friend back.
Nothing sums it up better than this quote from Terrence Mann:
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.
After an 81-81 season, the Orioles aren’t a sexy pick to win the AL East. The pundits aren’t giving them much of a chance this season and nobody seems to think that their offseason signings will amount to enough to make them a World Series pick.
But today, on Opening Day, hope springs eternal. Every team, well, except for the six who played yesterday, have a clean slate. They’ve all got the same chance to hoist that trophy at the end of the season. Anything can happen over the next 162 games.
Our O’s have one of the best offenses in the game. And arguably one of the best bullpens. Sure, their pitching leaves a bit to be desired, but what if Kevin Gausman (when he gets healthy) takes that next step that everyone is expecting? What if Chris Tillman bounces back? What if Manny Machado has an MVP season? What if they just out homer every team to the point where starting pitching won’t even matter?
Who knows what’ll happen to the defending AL East champion Blue Jays this season? And how many times have we seen the Red Sox start a season full of expectations, only to disappoint?
Hope and dream away, O’s fans. Throw logic out the window. It’s Opening Day, Baltimore. Anything can happen this summer. I can’t wait for this season to get started.