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  • Opening Day - Should It Be A Holiday?

    I'll be at my 8th Opening Day in a row tomorrow. It's funny, because I've been in Seattle since I got out of WSU in 1996. My buddy and I were talking about it last year; why weren't we doing this the whole time? I guess I was always so busy in my job that I just hadn't gotten around to it before '01.

    I was at work on Friday and the topic of Monday came up. I wasn't having a conference call like normal Monday's, and got the "Why not, your call is at 10am and the game isn't until after 3pm?" I paused -- "Um... it's Opening Day. It's a friggin' holiday." The non-baseball fan, or non-hardcore, just doesn't get it. I take two days off a year, every year: Opening Day and the All Star Game. Each year, my boss knows the score. Don't call, don't write, I don't read your emails, it's game day. (That happens pretty unofficially through college football season too.)

    So that had me thinking. First, how many of you are taking tomorrow off? There's a big difference between being "sick" or skipping classes and actually taking if off.

    And second, I wonder if anyone has every thought of actually making Opening Day a National Holiday. Seriously -- Think about the impact that would have on the game, the economy, and today's youth. The first Monday in April every year: America's National Pastime.

    The Game: Everyone is focussed on Opening Day. It would set attendance records. People at home would watch the games, listen to them on the radio and have BBQs.

    The Economy: Ticket sales, concession sales, grocery sales for BBQs, Mall 3-day sales.

    Today's Youth: Kids see a holiday dedicated to the National Game. They watch it, the interest grows. They spend that first Monday in April watching the game and playing it in the streets because they don't have school.

    It's worth a thought. Build up the patriotism, help the game, the economy, and the youth!

    Doug

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    I've never actually thought about making it official. I do take Opening Day off. It is one of my personal holidays. If you wanted my opinion, I would say that Opening Day, Super Bowl Sunday and the entire week/10 days of the World Series should be holidays. It will never actually happen, but it would be nice.

    That said, many cities celebrate opening day like a holiday. I know in Detroit there is always a lot of activity downtown on the day of the Tigers home opener, even when they stunk. Radio stations would litter the stadium area, people start tailgating at 7am. Baseball's opening day has a feel and spirit to it that no other sport has on its opening night (except maybe NASCAR).
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    • #3
      Opening Day should be a national holiday. I'm taking off the first day of the spring quarter. I'm leaving for downtown in a hour for the parade and then to the game.
      Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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      • #4
        absolutely

        opening day SHOULD be a holiday!!! unfortunately, i'm at work right now
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Doug Miller View Post
          The Game: Everyone is focussed on Opening Day. It would set attendance records.
          most if not all teams already sell out there opening day. I doubt attendence would be much different.

          Of course I'd be up for another day off. There is too long a lag between President's Day and Memorial Day, this would be a perfect day off in the middle

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          • #6
            I don't know about a holiday. But it should be a crime for it to rain or snow on Opening day.:grouchy:dismay:

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            • #7
              Originally posted by soberdennis View Post
              I don't know about a holiday. But it should be a crime for it to rain or snow on Opening day.:grouchy:dismay:
              The one opening day I attended in Cincinnati, it didn't rain or snow. It was a night game, for a change, and it didn't get above 40 degrees.
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              • #8
                The Yankees would have gladly settled for that today.

                Welcome back ARod. Hope you are a Yankee forever.
                Phil Rizzuto-a Yankee forever.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by soberdennis View Post
                  I don't know about a holiday. But it should be a crime for it to rain or snow on Opening day.:grouchy:dismay:
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                  • #10
                    Opening Day is already a holiday at work. At least three people called in sick today.
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                    • #11
                      It should be. I had to go to school today
                      Originally posted by bhss89
                      "Hi. My name is John. I'd like you to meet my fastball. Can you catch up to it?
                      Didn't think so. I'll see you again tomorrow night around the top of the ninth."
                      Originally posted by ChineseDemocracy
                      Why can't they just air the doubleheaders? Those programs aimed at children are crap anyway.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by blacksilverfan12 View Post
                        It should be. I had to go to school today
                        Wasn't it Cesar Chavez Day today? I thought schools were off today.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mojorisin71 View Post
                          Wasn't it Cesar Chavez Day today? I thought schools were off today.
                          No. State and buildings and community colleges are off. I'm in high school, so I got to spend Opening Day in chemistry
                          Originally posted by bhss89
                          "Hi. My name is John. I'd like you to meet my fastball. Can you catch up to it?
                          Didn't think so. I'll see you again tomorrow night around the top of the ninth."
                          Originally posted by ChineseDemocracy
                          Why can't they just air the doubleheaders? Those programs aimed at children are crap anyway.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by blacksilverfan12 View Post
                            No. State and buildings and community colleges are off. I'm in high school, so I got to spend Opening Day in chemistry
                            I saw plenty of grade-school kids hanging out near where I work (a chem lab, by the way), so I thought that all schools were off.

                            I'll say it again. Opening Day already is a national holiday.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mojorisin71 View Post
                              I saw plenty of grade-school kids hanging out near where I work (a chem lab, by the way), so I thought that all schools were off.

                              I'll say it again. Opening Day already is a national holiday.
                              What were they doing by a chem lab?
                              Oh well, next year I'll be off at college, so I'll celebrate Opening Day next year. Who knows, if Bud keeps opening around the world, followed by a game the day before Opening Day...that's three Opening Days. I think I'll celebrate all three
                              Originally posted by bhss89
                              "Hi. My name is John. I'd like you to meet my fastball. Can you catch up to it?
                              Didn't think so. I'll see you again tomorrow night around the top of the ninth."
                              Originally posted by ChineseDemocracy
                              Why can't they just air the doubleheaders? Those programs aimed at children are crap anyway.

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