Sure, if you're using one of those calendar things, spring actually started back on March 21 with the vernal equinox and all that other scientific mumbo jumbo. But for most sports fans, spring doesn't officially begin until the Major League Baseball regular season has gotten underway.
While a few games were played yesterday, today is officially the Opening Day of the 2011 Major League Baseball season. Why? Because the Twins play tonight and, quite frankly, who cares about everyone else? Yes, I know that there are many non-Twins fans in our midst. . .thankfully, Wisconsin doesn't have Major League Baseball, so we don't have to worry about that kind of ugliness any time soon.
(Yes, yes, I know. . .the Brewers. I'm pretty sure I specified Major League Baseball.)
Since the Twins are the one Minnesota professional sports franchise for which the excrement has not yet hit the rotating air displacement device, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight them, and let you know where to get the best coverage of the defending AL Central Champs. Those of you that have been around SB Nation for a while know that the best coverage of the Twins on this here interweb can be found over at Twinkie Town, but the network just launched a new site a day or two ago that is solely focused on the world of Major League Baseball. They call it. . .Baseball Nation. Be sure to check it out. . .lots and lots of good stuff from everywhere across the baseball spectrum to be found.
Will there be one of those for football, if and when we have football again? We'll just have to wait and find out.
The Twins' first series of the year is in Toronto against the Blue Jays. On one of the Twins' trips to Toronto last season, Justin Morneau took a knee to the head, and suffered a concussion bad enough to sideline him for the remainder of the season. He'll be back in the lineup tonight, as will Joe "Well Played" Mauer, and Carl Pavano will take his epic mustache to the mound to throw the balls and strikes for the Twins.
Yes, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing. . .it's a great day to be a sports fan, ladies and gentlemen.