It's the best day of the year today, baseball opening day. Will this be the season the Royals turn a corner, who will be this year's surprise team, who will be the breakout star of this year, will Alfonso Soriano actually self combust, how many times will Cardinals fans be called the best fans in baseball yet be bandwagon jerks, which movie star with A-Rod bag this year (my guess is Natalie Portman)?
The Royals game starts at 3 and many of you are surely going. I'm sure that those that are will be tailgating with the official KC Beer Blog Tailgate Beer, Tallgrass Oasis which is perfect for any kind of weather even the rain we're supposed to get during the game. If you're not going out to the K what are you drinking?
I'm going to be drinking some Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' or Mike Moustakas, Tallgrass Halcyon Wheat, which is a nice beer to have around and maybe some Boulevard Pilsner or Christian Colon.
Not only is it baseball opening day, but it's the NIT Championship game tonight. I know it's not a big deal, but my beloved Wichita State Shockers are in it playing Alabama. Despite the seedings, I think the Shockers should be the favorite, they've absolutely destroyed teams in the NIT. The Shocks beat Nebraska into submission by 20 or so, beat a tough Virginia Tech team that probably should have been in the NCAA tourney at Virginia Tech, beat College of Charleston quite soundly (though the score doesn't really reflect that the Shocks had a 25 point lead, a C of C kid started dropping 30 footers). Then to top it all off the Shocks absolutely embarrassed Washington State 75-44. Wichita State absolutely did not deserve an NCAA bid and I kind of hoped they'd turn down the NIT because they were such a disappointment this year. But, this pretty meaningless NIT run has shown me what I knew all along, that the Shockers had a great team this year, just one that underachieved. So, no matter how it turns out, I'll be popping open a Boulevard Saison-Brett to enjoy the game.
It's great to have the daily companionship of baseball games, setting fantasy lineups and catching the ends of games on the MLB network. This is the best day of the year, drink like it.