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{April 8, 2011}   It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Today is my favorite day of the year. It marks the beginning of all things wonderful in the city of Atlanta. Today is the Braves‘ home opener. That’s right. Baseball season is officially upon us. It’s time for sunshine, baseball mitts, warm beer, peanuts, rally caps and the sound of a cracking bat. Tens of thousands of fans will descend on Turner Field tonight. Enthusiasm will be high. The air will be crackling with Braves’ pride and team spirit. The tomahawk chop will blare.

This will be the first season in my personal fandom without Bobby Cox at the helm. I already miss seeing him in the dugout, bolstering spirits, arguing with umpires and occasionally getting ejected from the game. At the same time, I am excited to see what Fredi Gonzalez will bring to the table. I know our boys will strive to make them both proud.

Take me out to the ballgame – win or lose, rain or shine – and I’m a happy girl. See you at Turner Field!

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