Opening Day Major League Baseball (MLB)
The new year is not in January it is the MLB opening day in spring bringing all the cheers of a great baseball year. It should be a national holiday, this year it is March 29 when five hundred red, white and blue balloons are released over every baseball stadium in the country. White doves should be released by the hundreds. The blue Angels should be flying over the stadiums as fireworks explode in the sky. For this is to be the first day we get to see the potential fairy tail team that will go on to win the World Series – or it will be our first sight of a future Hall of Famer. Every player is nervous with either butterflies in their stomach or a monkey on their back. It all depends on how their last season ended. But it is a special day, a birthday for everyone. Something, somewhere in some stadium something great will happen.
It is a new day with a game opening in a fifty degree refrigerator of a stadium or another stadium opening in a sunny surfing climate of 80 degrees . Will you be there to see it? Will you see the first pitch, the first throwing of the hotdog or bag of peanuts? Are we going to see an opening day shutout? A no-hitter? Only happened once. A walk-off home run? Why not? It is the ceremonial beginning of spring.
Me? What will I do? I will probably create a new baseball painting – something that will remind me of that opening day in late March. That is what painting is for me – a way of recalling a day or experiencing it again through the act of painting. It is a part of life that I can’t let go but need to remind myself of the joys of spring. Opening day does that for me. The new year is not in January it is the opening day of spring bringing all the hopes of a great year.
The baseball painting by sports artist John Robertson is 60 inches by 72 inches, acrylic on unstretched canvas.