Belerofonte Mar, Reporter
April is the most important month for all professional baseball fans. Opening Day, one of the biggest days in baseball, is coming up. The first of 162 games of the season may not seem any different than others, but there is much that is special about this one game of the season.
Opening Day is the first game of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The first opening day pitch was done by the Cincinnati Reds in 1876 then such tradition continued till 1889 before they had to play as visitors against the Houston Astros in Houston, Texas. Last year the Cardinals and the Cubs started opening day with the first pitch. However, Opening Day does not refer to just one game played that day; all 30 official MLB play on Opening Day but the very first game is the most memorable.
Sometimes specific Opening Days are remembered by the memorable events that occurred. Such as in 1910, when President William Howard Taft threw the opening pitch; ever since then 11 other US Presidents have thrown the first opening day pitch such as JFK, Franklin D. Roosevelt and even current President Barack Obama. Other types of memorable Opening Day can be like in 1940 when Bob Feller threw the only no-hitter on Opening Day. A no hitter in baseball is when the pitcher does not a single hit in at least nine innings. It is amazing because currently no other person has pitched a no-hitter on Opening Game.
These games have a lot of meaning to reporters, fans and MLB players because it has much more meaning than the start of the season. People have even called in sick at work or school because they want to take part in this event. Like Joe DiMaggio says, "You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen."
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