America’s Pastime gets ready for season

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Paul Centanni (12) and Tyler Dernulc (12) wear their favorite teams’ apparel in excitement for Opening Day. Both have high expectations for what their teams can accomplish.

Stefan Krajisnik

As Opening Day for the 2016 Major League Baseball season approaches, baseball fans from Boston to Los Angeles are getting ready to sit back and relax while watching America’s Pastime. With the many offseason moves made last winter, this season may be one of the most unpredictable in recent history.

“I am looking forward to see how my players do in fantasy, [and to] see if my team does [well]. I am hoping Giancarlo Stanton can come back from his injury, and that the Orioles win the AL East,” Stephen Cook (11) said.

For local fans of the Chicago Cubs, this season is full of excitement and positive energy, which was missing for nearly a decade before the team’s breakout performance last year. Although the “North Siders” were swept in the 2015 NLCS, they were still able to exceed almost everyone’s expectations.

“A couple of years ago I said the Cubs would win the World Series in two years so this is the year for them. The whole team is young, and everybody is all in. They all want to win, they all can win and they all want to be there,” Tyler Dernulc (12) said.

As for the White Sox, many fans feel their team is being overlooked. With the additions of notable players such as Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie, the “South Siders” will also be looking to exceed expectations and possibly make a run for the playoffs.

“[The White Sox] got a lot of good trades and pick ups this year, from Todd Frazier all the way to old man Jimmy Rollins. In the power rankings they have us ranked 20th, but in my power rankings we are number one, so we can win at all,” Paul Centanni (12) said.

The season’s first pitch this season will be Sunday, April 3, when the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. As for the White Sox and Cubs, their seasons will not begin until Monday, April 4.