The best part about Opening Day?
It's gotta be the hope.
Every team today fills out their lineup card with what could be the start to a championship season.
But unfortunately, in places like Pittsburgh and Tampa, Miami and Kansas City, that hope may just be, finishing with a .500 season.
Not so in places like Chicago and New York, where expectations are at an all-time high. The Mets and Yankees are on almost everyone's postseason list and the Cubs have become a preseason darling in a watered-down NL Central.
Johnny Damon says this year's Yankees can score 1,000 runs. But the Yankees won't win this year on the strength of their lineup. It'll be the young guys, Phillip Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain, who you'll probably see in the rotation when Mike Mussina and/or Andy Pettitte hit the shelf.
The Cubs also have pitching depth, with Jon Lieber in the bullpen and Sean Marshall waiting in AAA Iowa.
Both teams have strong bullpens, which leads me to my first official World Series prediction: Yankees over the Cubs in 7 games to close out Yankee Stadium.
The bigger question is how much would a ticket to that on eBay cost?