(Yes, ESPN hosted the "official" Opening Day game last night, but I boycotted and watched "The Walking Dead" instead. Opening Day should always be on Monday, and the first game should always be an 11 a.m. start in Cincinnati, but I digress.)
There are all sorts of story angles to the beginning of a season, but I can't help but feed my continual curiosity with the salaries of MLB players. Unlike most other professional sports, MLB does not have a traditional salary cap, and that allows team owners to spend as much money as they have (and wish) on players. It creates haves and have-nots, and it makes small-market teams like Pittsburgh, Oakland, Kansas City and Minnesota work doubly harder to acquire and retain talent. But that's a whole other story. Bottom line: If you're athletic and can play several sports, you'd be asinine not to play baseball. The risk is worth it.
Take a look at these salaries. Alex Rodriguez remains baseball's highest-paid player and will make $28 million this season. (And he's hurt and out for a while.) The list is pure fantasy to most of us, but it's real to the players.
If you're a baseball fan, scroll down the list and look at the innumerable number of decent-but-not-great players making more than $10 million this season. It's crazy. But it's the way the game's business model plays, even if it's not healthy for the long-term health of MLB.
Nevertheless, I'm happy it's Opening Day. Elated, in fact.
— Phillip Tutor