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.
Now that Pedro Martinez knows what it takes to come back from major shoulder surgery, don't count on him doing it again. He would love to play another three or four years -- as long as he avoids serious injury.
Have salaries gotten so big that financial slaps on the wrist are mere annoyances? Does it take a suspension to get a professional athlete's attention these days?