Last year opening day was a night game, and, although the weather wasn't great, the atmosphere was electric. Baseball had returned to Washington after a 30 year absence, and the sell-out crowd was euphoric. The fans were so excited that they gave even the equipment manager a standing ovation.
Now, one year later, opening day is a day game and the weather is beautiful.
It's a great day for a game, even though the atmosphere will be less combustible than last year. As of an hour ago, 9,000 tickets remained to be sold. In other words, a bit of the bloom is off this rose.
But just a bit. The Nationals were a huge hit last year, and it seems safe to conclude that baseball is here to stay. Were they to have a real owner, the team could exploit this environment and become one of the league's most valuable franchises.
There is still a lot of promise here, even more than is normal for a team on it's opening day.