It's a little chillier than the Opening Days I grew used to down in Florida. I never had to wear a coat at Tropicana Field.
But it's great to be back home.
This is my first Opening Day as the Orioles beat writer for the Baltimore Sun. Ever since I stepped into my first newspaper class my sophomore year at Howard High School in Ellicott City, this was the job I always dreamed of having.
And after 47 days of Sarasota sunshine -- and hopefully you enjoyed our spring training coverage -- I'm back in Baltimore.
I've made the trip up the steps of the Orioles dugout onto the field here at Camden Yards several times before, dating back to my days as a Sun intern in 1998. Yesterday, when I was walking up those steps and those green seats came into view, I admittedly got choked up.
After 15 years in the business, I have made it to my dream job.
I covered an Opening Day here between the Orioles and Rays back in 2006. But growing up, I never made it to Opening Day because my parents would never let me miss school. Instead, I'd have to sneak my Walkman into school.
Now I have a front-row seat, right behind home plate in the press box.
This is the official beginning of an exciting ride for me. Hopefully, I can bring you coverage of the Orioles from a unique perspective -- from someone who grew up here, knows this team and its rich history. I'm excited to bring you the next chapter.
So let's get it started. I'm heading down to the clubhouse. Come join me along the ride. And email me at any time this season at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter at @EddieInTheYard