Rites of Spring

It's Baseball Season

Hope springs eternal on Opening Day, when all 30 Major League Baseball teams have unblemished records and dreams of World Series glory. The main storyline this year, of course, is Alex Rodriguez, who will have to recover from a steroid scandal and hip surgery while enduring the hyper-vigilant NYC media. Other teams to watch include the Yankees, who ignored the sour economy and went on a wild spending spree to get them back to the World Series; the Cubs, who are once again projected to be contenders despite over a century of failure; and the Dodgers, who have re-signed the enigmatic Manny Ramirez to a two-year contract.