When is “Opening Day?” Was it Sunday night, when the Padres hosted the Dodgers on national television? Or was it Monday when 25 of the league’s 30 teams took the field for the first time in 2014? Perhaps it was actually 10 days ago when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened the regular season in Australia to little fanfare. And for two teams, opening day won’t be until today, as the Astros and Yankees finally start their season in Houston.
Whenever it is, the bottom line is baseball returned this week. Monday, fans who booked Comerica Park parking saw one of the more interesting teams kick off its season after an interesting off-season gives the perennial contender a new look. Detroit enters 2014 on the heels of its first back-to-back-to-back playoff seasons since 1909. The Tigers fell short of a championship each of those three postseasons, leaving fans anxious as the team looks to get over the hump this season.
PNC Park parking is on the rise this season after the Pirates snapped a 20-year playoff drought in 2013 before falling to St. Louis in the NLDS. And Orioles fans who secure Camden Yards parking hope a return to the playoffs is in order after missing out on fall baseball last season.
The hometown action for others commences next week, like those searching for Fenway Park parking. The “Curse of the Bambino” is now a distant memory for Boston, which now has three World Series victories since 2004, topped off by last season’s title over St. Louis. Don’t mention those titles to Yankees faithful, however, when Boston’s rival also opens its 2014 home slate. Yankee Stadium parking becomes a hot commodity in 2014 as fans will head to the ballpark to catch their final glimpses of franchise icon Derek Jeter, as he plays out his final season.
The crowds for AT&T Park parking won’t converge until next Tuesday to see the decade’s best team in the Giants. World Series crowns in 2010 and 2012 made San Francisco the league’s hottest local ticket.
Once the opening festivities wear off, teams settle in for the marathon season before one is honored World Series champion in October. Who are you pulling for?