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Three straight years without opening day

Opening day used to be a holiday for me.

I had quite a stretch of going to opening day games in Pittsburgh. In a 25-year stretch, I believe it was 24 opening days. The one I missed, I was living in Indiana and couldn't make the seven-hour drive to the opener.

That's changed; I have a new streak going.

I've missed three straight openers.

And it looks like I didn't miss much Monday.

It's just one game, but opening day gets all the attention. And that attention wasn't too good.

The Bucs had their best pitcher, A.J. Burnett on the mound and they lost to the lowly Cubs.

Jeff Samardzija improved his career ERA to 4.01 after his eight shutout innings.

Go Bucs.

Am I a bad fan? I think not.

Is it a boycott? I don't think so, although some might interpret it that way.

I just choose not to give Bob Nutting any of my money.

Nutting is all about the money. I'll chose to do the same. I'll keep my hard-earned dollars and spend it somewhere else.


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