Not to start the year off on a negative note but, we have to at least acknowledge that Bud Selig has another accomplishment in his decades-long quest to ruin everything we love about baseball.
Yesterday was Opening Day Weekend. Seriously?
Why on earth are all 32 teams not playing on Opening Day? That is the BEST PART.
(On a related note, how did the defending World Champs end up opening on the road? Doesn’t a World Series title automatically guarantee a home Opening Day for banner raising? Who is in charge in New York? Do I have to be in charge of everything?)
Splitting Opening Day is like spreading the first two days of the NCAA tournament across a week. Sure more TV eyes end up on each game but, part of the fun of Opening Day (and the opening rounds of the NCAA tourney) is watching and following multiple games at once. Bud has to know that. Any argument to the contrary would be like the executives at Coke claiming they had no idea their biggest asset was the formula for Coke.
At least baseball is back and we can finally see what this intriguing group of Rays has in store for us. In the meantime, Bud and I are going to have a chat over a few ice cold glasses of New Coke.