|The opening day crowd gathers outside the ballpark|
in Cincinnati on Monday.
That tradition has been done away with by Major League Baseball; the Reds opened their season on Monday, and there were games played on Sunday. The interest of television -- ESPN gets an extra Sunday Night Game this way, often with the World Series champ (this year with both World Series teams, by coincidence) -- trumps tradition.
Which is, to an old guy like me, a sorry thing.