It's always a harbinger of hope, sure. But in this year's mixed-up, locked-out sports world, baseball's Opening Day is something else, too. It's shelter from the storm.
Bud Selig talks about parity, but winter moves shift the power in baseball even more firmly to the east. A salary cap or other equalizing measure would limit the ability of its biggest, most watched teams to dominate.
Did the Yankees buy a World Series celebration? Their money didn't hurt, but that $207 million payroll is the least of baseball's competitive-balance problems.
While the Yankees returned to glory by winning the World Series, the inevitability of full-scale instant replay in baseball stood out as perhaps the most important aspect of the 2009 postseason.
The Yankees are still in command, but this World Series suddenly has a different feel as it swings to New York for Game 6 on Wednesday night.
The Phillies are in a better position than the Yankees to just barely take control with the World Series shifting to Citizens Bank Park.
The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are the best teams not just in their respective leagues but also in all of baseball.
Pedro Martinez might not make it with the Phillies, but one thing is certain: His comeback in Philadelphia won't be boring.