One Great Season
OGS Surveys two days in a row? Could life be any better?
Len Berman, Sports Broadcasting Legend — Winter's over. Everyone's in first place.
Mark Ennis, College Football Blogger — The best thing about Opening Day is that everyone still has a chance. That's something that doesn't last for long in baseball, so you have to enjoy it while you can.
John Fay, Cincinnati Reds Beat Writer — It's the start of summer, even though it happens in the spring, often in bad weather. In Cincinnati, it's almost like a holiday. Everyone is into it. Baseball season is so long that you know for the next month or two everyone has a chance. Opening Day is about possibilities.
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Jeff Garcia, San Antonio Spurs Blogger — What makes MLB Opening Day great is knowing summer is under way, fans gathering and filling in the stadium seats, and the expectations each fan carries, hoping their team is in contention for the pennant.
Ben Jackey, Emmy-Award Winning Former Television Reporter — Opening Day is great because for one day every fan base can say, "This could be our year." And every one of them not on the North Side of Chicago can say it with a straight face. God, please let me die before the Cubs win the World Series. Go Reds.
Raphielle Johnson, College Basketball Columnist — Opening Day's fun because it's the first sign that summer's approaching. The smell of the park, the food, and just enjoying a good day with friends watching a good game.
Adam Kramer, College Football Blogger — There's a feeling about Opening Day that is tough to match, and it really is one of my favorite sports days of the year. My team doesn't typically end up in the playoffs, so I do appreciate that sense of hope I get before they begin losing horribly later on in the year. As a Chicago native, Opening Day is also a fantastic sign that the horrific months are over. Well, at least usually.
Bill Livingston, Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnist — The best thing about Opening Day is the day after, when all the bandwagoneers and hangers-on are gone.
Troy Machir, College Basketball Blogger — Opening Day is so special because it means spring is here. On Day 1, every team has the same expectations and the same chance to win it all. All the players are ready to make a run at the World Series. The fans share this sentiment. There is nothing better than a day game on a sunny, cool and breezy afternoon, because come August, when it's humid, rainy and your team is 20 games below .500, the game just won't mean the same.
Whitney Mathews, Social Media Rock Star — Nothing is great about MLB Opening Day. I cheer for the Royals.
Andy McNamara, Assistant Media Relations Director, University of Oregon and radio play-by-play voice of the MLS' Portland Timbers — Optimism, new beginnings, box scores, Red Sox/Yankees. It's like welcoming home a long lost friend.
Mike Mudd, Assistant Sports Editor at The Louisville Courier-Journal — I'm not a baseball fan, but what I love about Opening Day is it reminds me warm and sunny weather is almost here to stay! That is comforting.
Chad Potier, LSU Sports Blogger — Opening Day is about renewal, the start of spring, warm weather, cookouts, skipping work to go to the ballpark with your old man or your son, tradition.
Tim Ryan, Sports Blogger — Opening Day is such a nostalgic time of year because it signifies the return of Corona, sundresses, short skirts, tan cleavage and, um, baseball.
Amanda Rykoff, ESPNW Contributor — What's so great about MLB Opening Day? It means baseball is back! It's also the only time in the entire season when every team is 0-0 and theoretically has a chance. Opening Day should be a national holiday.
Bruce Sholl, OGS Contributor — What's so great about Opening Day? Nothing. These overpaid baby asshats should get paid nothing.
Matt Zemek, College Football Writer — Opening Day lost its magic the day the wild card was introduced. The Yankees or Red Sox, with their bajillion-dollar payrolls, don't have to win the division to make the postseason, so the romance of "everyone starts fresh" on the first Monday of April, the "kid-on-Christmas-morning" excitement that used to characterize the Opening Days of a pre-1994 world, is gone.