Denver, CO – In no other sport does “Opening Day” mean as much as it does in Baseball. Football is always much anticipated yet means the beginning of fall with winter to come. Basketball and Hockey signal the depths of winter. Only Baseball signals the beginning of Spring and the launch into Summer. How do we look at opening day in baseball? Let’s count out the 7 best things about opening day IN MY OPINION!
- 1. Hope – As each opening day draws closer, every fan thinks their team has a chance. Heck, I even wrote an article predicting the Rockies will win the NL West division for the first time in their 20 years of existence. After experiencing the World Series in 2007 I pray each Spring Training to experience that atmosphere again.
- Playing hooky – If any of you have ever been in Lodo during opening day have you ever asked the question, “Don’t these people have jobs?” – I know I have asked the same question then realizing they may be asking the same question of me. Coupled with the day after the Super Bowl, opening day claims more sick days than any other day of the year.
- Drinking early – although that statement may put the word “alcoholic” into many minds, there is nothing better than sitting on a patio at 10AM and partaking in a lovely spiked orange juice drink with whatever concoction you prefer. By the time the game starts so many fans are too hammered to even find the ballpark from whatever establishment they choose to patronize.
- People Watching – Have to agree with Nugget One on this one. No other day other than maybe St. Patrick’s Day do the crazy come out. Crazy outfits, face paint, posters and just plain whackos are abound in Lodo on opening day. A normal day on the 16th street mall can’t compare to the crazies that come out on opening day.
- Just Being Outside – Most people just look forward to Spring in order to spend time outdoors. Opening day allows for that first base coat for your summer tan. My favorite part is when you finally get into the ballpark and follow the crowd to your seats. Seeing the beautiful green grass and immaculate infield just signals HERE WE GO! PLAY BALL!!
- Lodo/Coors Field Food – Let’s all admit – there is nothing like a dog and a beer at a baseball game. With the food options in Lodo on opening day, you can partake in 5-6 meals during the day. Stop at a taco cart for a quick hit of bliss, grab a bean and cheese burrito from Nancy right outside of the home plate entrance, get a $1 bag of peanuts from your favorite vendor – the choices are endless. BUT – you have to get a ROCKIE DOG once you are inside the stadium. Although a dog and a beer will make you take out a second on your house, no dog or beer tastes better than when you are at Coors Field.
- Colorado Rockies Fans – Many around the country think they have the best fans in baseball. The east coast bias drives me crazy – New York and Philadelphia fans think they are the best and most knowledgeable fans around. In my humble opinion we have the BEST FANS in baseball. We still hold the record for the largest attendance ever at a MLB game. We still hold records for attendance in a season. Even though sellouts tend to only be for opening day and fireworks games, if the Rockies are in contention and putting a good product on the field, Rockies fans come out in droves to support their Colorado Rockies.
If you are reading this post, you are obviously a Rockies fan. Tell us what your top 7 about opening day – even if you are a Cubs or Yankees fan, let us know what you love about opening day and GO ROCKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!