Those two days in Japan are over. Apologies, Athletics and Mariners, but the REAL Opening Day is now upon us. We've got everything you need to get ready for the 2012 season.
Henry County native Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves are looking to rebound from last September's epic collapse, but the NL East only got tougher over the off-season.
A year ago, it was the Philadelphia Phillies, and then the rest of the National League. Everyone was picking Roy Halladay and Co. to win the pennant. OK, so everyone was wrong. This year, Philadelphia is still one of the favorites — but the situation is different.
The off-season attention shifted from Yankees-Red Sox to the other coast, where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Texas Rangers stole the headlines.
An added Wild Card team, plenty of young talent and old veterans hanging on should make for a compelling 2012 season.