FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1968 (the year that the Detroit Tigers won the World Series), all the major league baseball teams will have their initial game of the season on March 29!
“All 30 teams will begin play on the same day in 2018, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday” The New York Times reported in an article by Victor Mather in September 2017. It happens to be the earliest starting day in history, according to the news piece. Which means a few hosting teams with outdoor stadiums will be dealing with cool or cold weather: Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and New York (Mets).
It’s a great opportunity for baseball fans to host or participate in an ‘historic’ event of their own, using Earned Runs Bibs. “MLB Opening Day Mash-Up”, is featured on a list of events suggested by Earned Runs (see the Event description below in italics).
Of course, only half the teams will be playing at their own field, so another possibility is to wait for the home opener on a later date. It’s called a “mash-up” because everyone can be invited to do whatever distance or effort, whenever a run or walk or bike ride works for their schedule but be united in the purpose of welcoming the start of the 2018 MLB season.
The point is to commemorate the annual happening with a shared physical activity experience rather than just gathering to watch the game on TV. Make it a reason to obtain healthy exercise. Record it as having taken place on your bib. If you don’t have tickets to the game or can’t travel to the park, make the best of the day in this way.
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NOTE: 2018 will be the Detroit Tigers 50TH ANNIVERSARY of being the World Champions; fans can check out the team’s website to find information about planned activities.
March 29, 2018 (or later for first 2018 HOME game openers)
MLB OPENING DAY MASH-UP (any distance)
If you’re a runner who also loves major league baseball, mark the start of the season with a personal race, run, or walk using Earned Runs Bibs. Create an annual ‘ceremony’ to solemnize your team’s run at a championship this year with your own GOOD LUCK send-off effort.
If your start time is prior to when the first pitch is thrown in a night game, you can head to the favorite local team hangout afterward. Or if it’s an afternoon game, set the distance and start time to coincide with everyone’s lunch breaks. Each person can run or walk the distance that fits their schedule, but make a point to wear gear and meet up to watch the game
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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