The excitement started building Thursday morning.

It was finally opening day for major league baseball. Of course there wouldn’t be fans in the stands. The umpires and coaches would be wearing masks because of the pandemic.

But I didn’t mind a bit about the safety precautions. Baseball is baseball. I waited all spring and through midsummer for these first games.

I’m a lifelong fan of the sport. Baseball was my first love as a kid growing up in Philadelphia. I was a devoted fan of my hometown Phillies until our family moved to Huntsville in 1968.

ESPN showed both openers: the New York Yankees beat the defending champion Washington Nationals 4-1 in a rain-shortened six innings; and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 8-1.

It will be a 60-game season but I couldn’t be more pleased to have live sports to follow again.

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