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Has the MLB lost the true meaning of Opening Day?

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    Skulking around the net, I came across a pretty interesting article about MLB's Opening Day. At first, I thought the idea behind it to be a tad over the top, but being a pseudo baseball traditionalist myself, I couldn't help but agree with what the guy was saying.

    For those who do know, Opening day for MLB in America was held in Cincinnati for the majority of its life as our favorite past-time, from 1876 to 1989. I understand, things change, teams move, get knew names, and people forget who they used to be *cough* Tennessee Titans. I agree with the writer, this year, they've gone a little overboard. The official Opening Day of MLB was the Mariners vs Athletics in Tokyo, Japan. I'll quote another article I read about the same thing.

    "It has been clear Major League Baseball scuttled tradition in the name of progress years ago, but did it also have to do away with common sense?"

    I, like many baseball fans find that sort of progress scary at times. Sure, branch out, but don't lose your identity for a buck. So what does everyone else think? Does it matter? I don't know, I'm on the fence. What other traditions has the MLB broken that they shouldn't have?

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    The league did do a terrible job marketing this, agree with the article writer there. It's also a bit confusing as I understood it to be 'opening week' in Japan, but the official opening day still happens in the US on the 28th with the Mets/Nationals and the Orioles/Yankees starting the day off.

    I guess they are trying to push the MLB more and more into a internationally branded sport. That's kinda cool but again the marketing at least in this country was next to none. Maybe it was way more in Japan?