Sep 28, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) attempts to catch a ball during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Day is here!

Last year the Astros opening night game with their new-old uniforms, Orbit’s return from years of being trapped in the Astrodome and a rare national TV audience that witnessed an even rarer win ended up being the pinnacle of the season.

In baseball, hope springs eternal so let’s cross our fingers that this year we have many positives to look forward to like the development of young players on the major league level and a return to respectability.

Opening day is always so special. For many in this country it is a signal that a long winter is concluding and summer is just around the corner. Others will tell you it is a day that brings them back to their childhood even if it is just for a few hours.

For me, it is a tradition. My mother who definitely is not the biggest baseball fan knew how important it was for me to attend opening day. She once surprised me by pulling me out of school and taking me to the Dome to watch a rebuilding but young and exciting group of Astros that were just coming together in the early 1990′s for what was the foundation for the clubs greatest run years later. Since then, myself and thousands of other baseball fans around this city have prioritized this honorary national holiday no matter what was happening in our world at the time to get out to the ballpark.

More important than this social event Tuesday evening is we are now coming out of the dark and entering a new era of Houston Astros baseball. The local 9 are in the second best position in sports next to competing and that is rebuilding and providing hope. The past eight seasons since the World Series run has been as dark as it gets with the team in limbo and going nowhere. However, now they are on the right track and we are entering an era of excitement where we will watch a team grow instead of a revolving door of mediocre no-names.

Today is Opening Day for many teams. However, tomorrow is the real Opening Day with our Houston Astros!

So grab your hot dog and favorite beverage and let’s play ball!

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