At long last the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers will kick off Major League Baseball’s regular season this weekend. Things will feel a little different, sure, as it is difficult to muster a lot of fanfare because the game is in Australia and starts at 4:00 A.M. in the United States. But nevertheless, it is a baseball game that counts and for that there is still genuine excitement.
Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt described himself and his teammates as ready to go (quotes from MLB.com):
I think guys are excited to get going…Guys have been working hard, and now it’s kind of up to the players to go out there and play and take advantage of the opportunity that’s in front of us.”
Pitcher Brandon McCarthy described the team a little differently as they enter a new season.
It’s an angry group that knows we want to win this year…Nobody wants to be sitting at home in October again and watching other teams. It gets old when you do it.”
The game has to feel odd and like a bit of a novelty to these players. But it counts as much on the regular season slate as any other game, and with it being a divisional match-up, both of these teams have plenty of motivation to go out and try to grab a win.