Okay, yesterday was officially opening day, but Nat was too busy bitching about the weather to acknowledge this, and if you live in a Midwestern or Eastern city with an outdoor baseball stadium, today is opening day--unless your games get cancelled again due to cold and snow. That’s also why I refuse to go to any games in April--unless someone has a free ticket . . .
Anyway, as a life long Kansas City Royals fan, opening day is usually the most enjoyable day of the season. Hope is still alive. All of the hitters could be potential All-Stars, the pitching staff may feature a Cy Young winner, and the bullpen has yet to start blowing games left and right. Yes, opening day is the day I let myself believe the Royals are going to do it this year and go all the way (to third place in their division).
My predictions for this season:
The Royals will win more games than the White Sox.
I will still somehow manage to lose money betting on the Royals.
The Cubs will win their division and somehow blow it in the playoffs. Cubs fans will be surprised by this.
Carlos Zambrano will say a lot of stupid things, but everyone will still love him because he is a dummy and can pitch really well.
Ozzie Guillen will do the same thing, except replace "pitch really well" with "manage really well and is entertaining as hell."
Some moron will pee in my yard after a Cubs game (I only live a block from Wrigley Field). That moron will possibly be a Robot vs. Dinosaur writer.
Lots of people will hate the Yankees.
Boston fans will continue their steady march to being as obnoxious as Yankees fans.
I will ignore my wife approximately 247 times while she talks to me during an “important” at bat.
My wife will get mad at me approximately 247 times for ignoring her during an “important” at bat and will point out that she is more “important” than any at bat.
We will eventually argue over various situations in which an at bat might actually be more "important" than my wife (I can think of a couple).
I will win approximately zero of these arguments.
I will find every excuse I can to wear my powder blue Royals jersey, and I will look great wearing it.
I will make it to a Brewers game and eat for the cycle (hot dog, bratwurst, Italian sausage and the Polish). I will also drink too many beers while eating for the cycle.
While eating for the cycle, I will get mustard on my powder blue Kansas City Royals jersey.
At some point I will throw my remote control across the room at the end of an "important" at bat.
I will use the greatest bottle opener of all time (at left) to open many, many beers as a misguided coping mechanism.
The Royals will lose way too many games, will get their one allowable "little league" All-Star, and will not win the World Series again and I will love every minute of it!