Mar 28, 2024 - Sports

MLB teams to cheer on for opening day

Two runners in hot dog costumes are seen at Progressive Field.

Opening day means the return of spring, baseball and hot dog derbies. Photo: Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Maybe you're a diehard fan, or maybe you just like the smell of fresh hot dogs and popcorn.

  • Either way, opening day is a big deal.

Why it matters: Today signals the joyous and long-awaited arrival of spring, a day when all MLB fan bases share a glimmer of hope that this is finally the year. (It usually isn't.)

So, who to root for? If your loyalty isn't already locked up, some options:

🟥 Cincinnati Reds

Travel time to stadium from downtown Columbus: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Unique hot dog: The "Big Red Dog" wrapped in bacon, topped with pimento cheese and "signature sauce" and served on a toasted pretzel bun.

Why root for them: Cincinnati's a great baseball city, it's our closest major league team and (gasp) the franchise actually spent money this off-season to sign better players.

🛡️ Cleveland Guardians

Travel time to stadium: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Unique hot dog: The "Slider Dog" topped with Froot Loops, bacon and pimento mac and cheese.

Why root for them: Team leader José Ramírez is awesome, the mascot is a lovable oaf and the stadium frequently offers $2 cans of beer.

🏴‍☠️ Pittsburgh Pirates

Travel time to stadium: 3 hours

Unique hot dog: The "Renegade Dog" topped with pot roast, mini pierogies, pickles and onions.

Why root for them: You get to be an outcast. Plus, PNC Park offers unbelievable views of downtown Pittsburgh.

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