We put a lot of weight on Opening Day. Thousands play hooky from work and school to come out and not only celebrate the return of Brewers baseball, but also to do a two-step on the grave of winter.
The TV cameras are everywhere and helicopters patrol the skies. The atmosphere is festive -- more so than almost any other game of the year.
If the Brewers win, we feel like we're off to a good start and success is assured (though, by now, we surely know better). And if they lose, we figure, "hey, it's a long season."
Baseball fans are a superstitious lot, but, in the end, what does it all mean?
Very little, really. After all, with 161 games to go this season, a single win or loss at this point is irrelevant, right?
Numerically speaking, that's certainly true.
But, psychologically, we want to come in on a high note. We want to win so we can put the Braun business behind us. We want it so we can put years of frustration behind us. We want it so we can come together and celebrate a Brewers' success story.
But we also want it because we don't want the celebratory atmosphere of Opening Day to end. And because after what seemed like an interminable winter, we want to keep the post-mortem dance going as long as possible.