When I was a kid and we would decorate our Christmas tree, my sister would always put on the same record of Christmas music. And there was this song called "The Most Wonderful Time (Of the Year)." I have never heard it sung on any other record or at any other time. We would all sing along and decorate the tree and it was how we would ring in the season.
I don't remember the exact lines. I know the gist. Something about everyone is of good cheer because this is the most wonderful time of the year. Something.
Well now that I am a Jew I do not celebrate Christmas so much anymore. And I don't listen to carols or that record and I don't decorate a tree.
But that song was in my head today. Because this is the most wonderful time of the year for me. Baseball season.
There is something that feels so fresh and beautiful about opening day. To me this is the beginning of the year--screw New Years. Today is the day that no matter how shitty your team is, they are in first place. They could still win it all. Every real baseball fan is an optimist on Opening Day.
Even a life long Cubs fan like myself can feel like this could be our year.