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Staff at Camden Yards prepare for Thursday’s 3:05 p.m. home opener against the New York Yankees.
Staff at Camden Yards prepare for Thursday’s 3:05 p.m. home opener against the New York Yankees. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Mathematically, it's just one of 162 games. Emotionally, it's much more. Even — maybe especially — in a season even Orioles diehards expect to end in the basement, the home opener takes on a different tenor than the other 161. Is it tradition? A chance for a fresh start? An excuse to skip out of work? What makes today special for you? Let us know below and we may feature your response alongside other fans’.

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