Opening Day

True confession time:  I’m not all that heartbroken that I’m not going to have a job when the Major League Baseball season opens up on March 31, 2011.  More importantly, I’m not all that heartbroken that I’m not going to have a job when the Texas Rangers open their season against the Boston Red Sox on April 1, 2011.  I’m only half-joking when I say that I think Opening Day should be a National Holiday anyway so I feel somewhat entitled to have these days off whether I have a job or not.

This is that time of year when fans of all big league teams (except maybe the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates) believe their team is bound for World Series glory.  For the first time in the 39-year history of the franchise, however, Texas Rangers fans will approach the first pitch of the marathon known as the MLB regular season with not only hope for the future but pride in the past.  Many of us have invested significant time over the course of our lives rooting for the Rangers knowing that they were very likely going to leave us disappointed.  Having suffered along with them all these years just makes the sound of “American League Champion Texas Rangers” that much sweeter.  It’s also whetted our appetite for more.

Regardless of how this season turns out, for the next 162 games, the Texas Rangers will be introduced as the “Defending AL Champs.”  That doesn’t guarantee this season will live up to our heightened expectations.  But, it does guarantee that there is at least one moment of pleasure each game when we hear those magical words.  Magical words that will only be surpassed by hearing the Texas Rangers announced as the “2011 World Series Champions!”

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