Leif Johnson

Staff Writer

The Major League Baseball season is upon us once again as cities across the country celebrated the unofficial holiday known simply as “Opening Day”. While “Opening Day” has turned into several days, the first games of the season for each of the Major League Teams bring excitement to their fan bases. These games mark the beginning of a long season and everyone can have hope that their teams could have successful seasons that could possibly lead to World Series Titles.

These first contests also act as another reminder that spring is here but this year several cities did not experience the spring weather. In fact two games, the Astros at the Yankees and the Red Sox at the Indians, were postponed because of wintry weather. Other games were played in cold and wet conditions.

The season kicked off on Sunday with a few games highlighted by the evening battle between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. If you know baseball, you know that these two teams met in the World Series this past year with the Royals taking the Series four games to one to win a Series for the first time since 1985. Like the World Series, the Royals came out victorious by a score of 4-3, holding off a Met rally to secure the win.

How did the local teams do? The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off the MLB season for the entire league in an afternoon game this past Sunday by hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates set the tone for the season with a 4-1 victory over the Cards in PNC Park.

The Philadelphia Phillies travelled to Cincinnati to start the 2016 campaign. They carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning when they gave up five runs and ultimately lost to the Reds in the Great American Ballpark 6-2.

The Baltimore Orioles kicked off their season with some cold weather and some rain. The downpours caused the game to be delayed twice but those that stuck around were treated to a thrilling end as Matt Wieters hit a walk off single to drive in the winning run to give the Orioles their first win of the season over the visiting Minnesota Twins, 3-2.

We can also look forward to another aspect of the baseball experience, the food. Some ballparks are debuting interesting, but probably heart-clogging, dishes for fans to enjoy. The first example, the “Burgerizza”, which can be enjoyed at an Atlanta Braves home game, is a huge bacon cheeseburger using pepperoni pizzas as the bun. Fans of the Houston Astros can enjoy a Sweet Potato Waffle Chicken Sandwich. Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, still touts “The Beast”, a combination of bacon wrapped hot dog and bratwurst on a pretzel bun.

There is plenty for baseball fans to be excited about as Opening Day kicks the season off and remember, if your team didn’t win its first game, don’t worry, there are 161 more games for them to turn their season around.