Opening day in baseball should be a national holiday in America. The 2015 season began Sunday night with the Cardinals beating the Cubs in Chicago. Millions of Americans and Canadians will be heading through the turnstiles into ballparks to watch their favorite teams.

Opening day always had special memories for me because for a long time I would take my dad to see opening day as his birthday present. I miss those days and wish I could go pick him up and head off to the ball park. He passed away years ago, but the best part is those memories will always be with me.

This is also the time of the year when “hope springs eternal” for all teams playing. With that said, here are my predictions for 2015. In the National League East, I am picking the Washington Nationals. In the National League Central, I am going with the St. Louis Cardinals. The winner of the National League West will be the upstart San Diego Padres with the wildcards going to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. The winner of the National League title will be the Cardinals.

In the American League, I am picking the Baltimore Orioles to win the East with the Kansas City Royals winning the Central and the Seattle Mariners winning the West. The wildcard teams will be the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. The American League winner again will be the Royals.

The I-70 World Series winner will be Kansas City. Before you start laughing at my picks and calling me a “homer” wait for the conclusion of the season and then let me have it. Remember, I picked Kansas City and St. Louis last year and it almost happened.

Baseball, what a great game!

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