Today’s “zero hour” for the Baltimore Orioles. Opening Day dawns bright this morning. Although…it could afford to be a little warmer! “Boys of summer,” right?!
It’s supposed to be in the high 30’s or low 40’s in Boston this afternoon also. The Orioles hit the ground running right off the bay this year, opening in the division. We all know the dynamic when you’re up in Fenway. Lots of times games boil down to how the ball bounces.
Win or lose, Opening Day is ONE GAME. It’s one of 162. Today’s game counts as much towards the season as the game on Sunday, October 1st (also against Boston, at Camden Yards) – the last game of the regular season. Point being, no conclusions about the success or failure of this season should be drawn based on today’s game.
However, whatever happens today will set the Birds on a crash course with that October 1st date. Because at that time we’ll know the full story of the Orioles’ 2023 regular season. And whether or not the season will extend past that.
But for today, let your hearts be light. I’m of the attitude that if I say “today’s Opening Day,” and you respond, “Opening Day of what?,” we can’t be friends! It’s a celebration of the return of Major League Baseball for the summer – America’s pastime. It reminds us of the innocence of childhood, and fond memories of summertime. Again, game one of 162; but when the players line up on the base lines this afternoon…it means something slightly more special. Because – it’s Opening Day!
The Birds of course will take on the Boston Red Sox this afternoon on Opening Day at Fenway Park. Kyle Gibson gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Corey Kluber. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.