Opening Day has always been a special day for me. It was 16 years ago, on April 7, 1998 that I celebrated my first day of self employment (and the birth of OnMilwaukee.com) at County Stadium. I havenâ€™t missed many since then.
And even though Iâ€™ve already seen the Brewers play in Phoenix this spring, Opening Day marks the end of a long, grueling winter. Like my friend, Jim Powell, who I had a chance to chat with in the media dining, says, baseball will hold your hand for six months.
Of course, itâ€™s different in the press box than when I was tailgating back in the day. No cheering, no beer, no Brewers gear. But the excitement can be felt up here, too. Iâ€™m seeing lots of people I havenâ€™t seen since September, and listening to Doug Melvin and Mark Attanasio speak downstairs â€“ itâ€™s hard not to feel optimistic about this season.
Because for another half-hour, the Brewers are undefeated. Like Melvin said, the team isnâ€™t just turning a page from last season, itâ€™s tearing up the book.
Right now, I feel good about this team. Hope has sprung eternal, and Iâ€™m among tens of thousands of fans who are as excited as I am. This is one of the best days of the year.
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