The Baseball Desert

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Opening Day, Part IV

Through the magic of the Internet, I've so far seen Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Citizens Bank Park and Fenway, and tonight will see the final instalment of the saga: the Nationals' home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Thomas Boswell points out that even after this monumental civic childbirth the franchise's future is as uncertain as that of any newborn baby. But if his enthusiasm and optimism are any reflection of the baseball fans in Washington, we shouldn't have too much to worry about:
On Opening Night, countless people will get what they have hoped for so many years or even decades. With trepidation, a new era begins. Don't worry. It's as unlikely as a quadruple play that we will ever be sorry our wish was finally granted.
So, with a nod to the past and an eye towards the future, we can but wish the new arrival all the best: Allez les Nationals...