There's nothing more baseball-festive than the colorful red, white, and blue bunting around every ballpark on Opening Day.
It lets you know there's something extra special going on.
Besides the Opener, it means the All-Star Game, playoffs, and if you're a fan of any team other than the Cubs, it means The World Series...
But in yesterday's Cubs/Pirates opener, we were treated to the other kind of bunting.
Sure, it was the first game and I'm totally willing to cut a new season some slack, but the next time Emilio Bonifacio leads off with a double and Junior Lake is up, I'd much rather Mr. Renteria let him swing.
That's not even in hindsight.
The second it happened I said out loud, "Shoulda let him swing."
I mean, why not take 3 shots at getting a hit to score a run rather than toss away an out and get only 2.
Yep, Castro coulda sac flied or even hit a grounder past the pulled-in infield, but...well you know what happened.
I don't hate bunting.
I understand managers all do stuff differently.
That one just turned out bad and sort of stood out.
Baseball is back, and that is good.
Maybe tomorrow we'll see a luckier and perhaps better Edwin Jackson.