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2016 MLB Opening Day New Look

openingDayBaseOpening day is getting a bit of a makeover. But I liked it’s traditional look.

MLB announced earlier in the week that there will be three games on the schedule to get the 2016 regular season going on Sunday, April 3.

A divisional match-up pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates is the first game on the docket, which will be followed by the Toronto Blue Jays visiting the Tampa Bay Rays. The nightcap is a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. The first game will be on ESPN at 1:05. The second game will be at 4:05 and be broadcast on ESPN2. While the nightcap will once again take place on ESPN at 8:35.

openingdayFieldMonday April 4th will be the traditional Opening Day of baseball, and of the games being played 4 additional games will be available on either ESPN or ESPN2.

In the past the first Sunday had been reserved for one night game, this year MLB will be broadcasting three. But, even with now three games on the docket do you notice something missing? Tradition, that is what is missing! Growing up a huge baseball fan in Cincinnati, Ohio the Reds always were allowed to start the season. It may seem petty, but I am upset with it, because it is a slap in the face of tradition. MLB always honored the tradition of allowing the Reds to have the first game because they were the first MLB franchise. Baseball is supposed to be Americas Pastime, a game full of tradition, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. But, I don’t think that I will ever get tradition back, because baseball has thrown 1, 2, 3 strikes and it is out at the old ballgame.

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