Baseball Season is Officially Underway
While most of the nation was sleeping, the Seattle Mariners opened up the Major League Baseball season by beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in 11 innings in a game played at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
Ever since this game was scheduled, I have heard from baseball enthusiasts how it doesn't make any sense to open up the season this way and it takes away from the game altogether. In all honesty, I couldn't disagree more.
First off, this is technically a home game for the A's, who are lucky to draw 10,000 fans to home games as it is where today's game was sold out in the Tokyo Dome with over 40,000 people showing up. Secondly, this isn't what I would consider a marquee matchup. The only thing Oakland and Seattle will be playing for this year is 3rd place in the AL West, but fans in Tokyo could care less.
Most importantly we have the Ichiro factor. He is the must recognized baseball player in Japan and to bring him home for a two-game series is great planning by Major League Baseball. Throw on top of it that he collected four hits in the opener is icing on the cake.
We have seen it in the NFL how the league is trying to become more global and here in the United States, most will scoff at the idea and we selfishly want all of the games to be played on "our" terms, but it is inevitable that games we will played elsewhere a handful of times throughout the season and if its going to happen, then this scenario makes all the sense in the world.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow and the official Opening Day is still scheduled for next Wednesday.