Opening Day

In 2024 Opening Day would be held on March 28th

Opening Day marks the beginning of the season for Major League Baseball, one of the most important days of the year for all fans of the sport that is known as America's National Pastime. The season opener usually takes place in late March or early April.

In 2020, because of COVID-19, Opening Day had to be postponed to July 23 and 24. 

Opening Day is a major event for baseball fans because it signifies new beginnings, with all teams starting the season with a clean slate. 

Man in White and Red Jersey Shirt Playing Baseball

History of Opening Day

On April 22, 1876, the Cincinnati Reds, the first fully professional American baseball team, threw the first pitch in Major League Baseball.

This marked the start of the baseball season and gave them the special role of hosting Opening Day, a tradition they followed from 1876 until 1989.

In Cincinnati, Opening Day is a big deal – it's like a city holiday. People of all ages come together for the Findlay Market Parade to cheer on the Reds and show their support. 

Opening Day holds significance for U.S. Presidents as well; it all began with William Howard Taft, who initiated a tradition by throwing the first pitch on April 14, 1910, and this custom has been followed by 11 Presidents since then.

The start of the baseball season is a source of pride, showcasing a key part of American culture. It's like a national celebration, with many baseball fans treating it like a special day.

Lots of people take time off work or school to watch their team's first home game, usually in the afternoon.

Traditionally, Opening Day should happen on a Monday. However, in some seasons, it has been scheduled on a Thursday or Friday to avoid the World Series extending into November. In 2018, Opening Day took place on March 29, making it the earliest start for all United States' teams in MLB history. 

Most baseball fans begin anxiously counting down the days until the next Opening Day once the World Series is over.

How to Celebrate Opening Day

Celebrate Opening Day by joining in on the enthusiasm with millions of other baseball fans. 

If you can, go experience the full enthusiasm and adrenaline of opening day by watching the game live at the ballpark. There is nothing like being in the middle of the action, together with thousands of people who are there to enjoy the beauty of America's favorite pastime!

Can't go to a stadium? There is sure to be a sports bar near you broadcasting the game on opening day. You can still enjoy the camaraderie with other baseball fans, and as a bonus, you get to eat some delicious chicken wings or onion rings while supporting your favorite team. If sports bars aren't your thing, invite family and friends over to your house to watch the game and have a barbecue. 

Whatever you do, Major League Baseball encourages all baseball fans to wear their team's hat on Opening Day and show their support.

Opening Day
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