Major league baseball's Opening Day is a magic time, even to baseball lifers like Indians manager Manny Acta.
“It never gets old," he said. "t’s an exciting time. This is my 11th and I feel the same. But I think that after 15, 20 pitches, the butterflies and the nervousness will go away for everybody."
Acta's favorite Opening Day memory is his first one.
“My first one in 2002," he said. "I’d spent so many years in the minor leagues and I got an opportunity to get to the major leagues. I still couldn’t believe it up until they played the national anthem.
"I was in Montreal and I actually had some tears coming down my face because that was an indication that I wasn’t going to be sent down after the National Anthem. I was in the big leagues. I felt then it was all worth it.”