Montana Politics

The Best Day of the Year


For some, of course, the best day of the year is Christmas. For others, Thanksgiving. For some sick, twisted Americas, it might even be Election Day. For me, it was always be Opening Day for Major League Baseball. As a Padres fan since 1983, it’s often been the case that I really only enjoy Opening Day, as the seasons that follow are often a disappointment. After the crushing collapse at the end of last year’s exciting season and the following the departure of Adrian Gonzalez, I plan to make the most of this moment, when hope is eternal.

I’ve always loved this quotation by the last great commissioner, A. Bartlett Giamatti, which better explains the appeal of baseball than anything else I’ve read.

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

Go Padres!

My Humble Predictions

AL East: Boston Red Sox

AL Central: Chicago White Sox

AL West: Texas Rangers

Wildcard: Tamp Bay Rays

NL East: Philadelphia Phillies

NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals

NL West: San Francisco Giants

Wildcard: San Diego Padres (I don’t care what ESPN says)

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


  • Ahhh, Pogie. Just when I think you’re getting cynical, you devote your feature space to opening day and broken hearts. Who was it that said a cynic is just an idealist with a broken heart? Spring … opening day … ever-breaking and -healing hearts. And so it goes.

    Mary Sheehy Moe

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