Woke up this morning and it was Opening Day.
I don't care how jaded of an Orioles fan you may be (or a grizzled sportswriter for that matter), Opening Day is always cool.
I was reminded of that when I talked to Orioles' lefty Troy Patton on Wednesday about making the team. He's been in the big leagues before, but never on Opening Day. He was jumping out of his cleats with excitement.
This will be the 16th Opening Day I have covered – of 21 at Camden Yards – and the 12th in which I have been an everyday member of the Orioles media (yes, I am old). Throw in all the times I skipped school (my mom told Immaculate Heart of Mary and Calvert Hall the truth every year in the note: "Please excuse Danny from school, he will be at Opening Day on Monday") to go to the season opener and I bet you this is close to my 30th one.
Yeah, they are still special. No matter what April 7 and beyond brings (that's for another blog).
We'll hit you up a lot today here, so keep checking in. But I wanted to at least get you the Opening Day lineups before you drive to the Yards.
Twins: Span 8, Carroll 6, Mauer 2, Morneau DH, Willingham 7, Doumit 9, Valencia 5, Parmelee 3, Casilla 4. Pavano P
Orioles: Reimold 7 Hardy 6 Markakis 9 Jones 8 Wieters 2 Betemit DH Reynolds 5 Davis 3 Andino 4 Arrieta 1