Monday, April 5, 2010
Welcome Back, Baseball
By Ian Hunter
In an instant, the six months of the off season is gone and the slate is wiped clean for another year.
Out of all the possible storylines that begin today, none are more intriguing than the return of Shaun Marcum. After being shelved for the past 18 months, Marcum makes his highly anticipated return to the Blue Jays roster.
Vernon Wells is also in a similar boat as Shaun Marcum - he is expected to bounce back this year and be a leader not only in the clubhouse, but on the field as well.
Don't forget that Vernon Wells will be returning to his roots in Texas, which means we just might see some more shots of Vernon Senior in the stands at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
In reality, Opening Day is one one game out of 162 to be played this year, so it's difficult to gauge what we can expect from the Blue Jays. If I've learned anything from last year, it's that a great start to the season means absolutely nothing because divisions and wild cards are won in September, not May.
Having said that, aside from the Home Opener in Toronto, there is no other day of the year I look forward to more than Opening Day. It's the equivalent of Christmas morning for baseball fans.
The 2010 season begins now for the Toronto Blue Jays. It's great to have you back, guys.