After what seems like half a season already played before the Dodgers get a homestand, today is finally the day. The Yard is looking sexy as hell with the LA cut into the centerfield grass, the bunting hung, and the Opening Series logos painted along the baselines.
Loyal SoSGer Karen urged us to post the traditional quote from Field of Dreams, which we didn't on the season opener because it was an away game and didn't seem right. Now, it is definitely right.
Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.I will, most definitely, be out there. So if any readers are, too, find me and buy me an expensive beer.
-Terence Mann, Field of Dreams,
I've always maintained that every team deserved to win its home opener (except the Yankees), and hopefully the baseball gods will smile on us today as we look to pick up the pieces after a mostly disastrous series in San Francisco. Nothing like some home cookin' to get the team back on track, so let's enjoy one of the best days of the calendar year. Play ball!