Every sport launches its season in its own way, and Major League Baseball is certainly no different. MLB Opening Day, recognized by many as the official start of spring, comes complete with unique spectacle best witnessed in person. From the first National Anthem to ceremonial first pitch, all of baseball’s finest traditions take on special meaning on this day. As the 2013 MLB season approaches, make sure your seats are secured with our stock of Opening Day tickets on sale now.
Astros to Make American League Debut
This year, the 2013 season will officially get underway on March 31 in Houston to commemorate the Astros’ move to the American League West. The club will host its new intrastate and division rival, the Texas Rangers, in its first-ever game as a member of the AL after spending 40 years competing in the National League. This highly anticipated matchup is the lone game scheduled for March 31, and comes a day before the majority of MLB teams start their seasons.
Year-Round Interleague Play
The Astros’ move to the AL now leaves each league with 15 teams each, forcing interleague contests to take place throughout the entirety of the season, including Opening Day. In the first-ever interleague matchup on Opening Day, the AL’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will travel to Cincinnati to take on the NL’s Reds at Great American Ballpark. The location of this historic contest is especially notable because Cincinnati has traditionally celebrated Opening Day unlike any other. This year will mark the 94th Annual Findlay Market Parade in Cincinnati, a parade that exists as a celebration of Opening Day for the Reds, as they have hosted 23 consecutive season-opening games and have long served as the hub for MLB Opening Day festivities.
First Look at New Acquisitions
One of the most intriguing aspects of Opening Day is seeing players donning new hats for the first time. The Dodgers, behind a league-high payroll, added former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to an already stout starting rotation. On the other side of town, the biggest offensive addition was the Angels’ acquisition of perennial slugger Josh Hamilton, who will team up with Albert Pujols to comprise the most feared power combination in baseball.
Fans will have to wait an extra day to get a chance to see the team that underwent the biggest makeover when the Toronto Blue Jays host the Cleveland Indians on April 2. The Jays figure to be serious contenders in the AL East in 2013 after adding several high-profile names in the offseason, including 2012 National League Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey, and former Marlins stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson.
2013 MLB Opening Day Schedule
Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros | Tickets
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees | Tickets
Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals | Tickets
San Diego Padres @ New York Mets | Tickets
Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates | Tickets
Colorado Rockies @ Milwaukee Brewers | Tickets
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Cincinnati Reds | Tickets
Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins | Tickets
Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox | Tickets
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers | Tickets
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves | Tickets
Seattle Mariners @ Oakland Athletics | Tickets
St. Louis Cardinals @ Arizona Diamondbacks | Tickets