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" Despite Ozzie Smith and Budweiser’s many pleas, Opening Day for Major League Baseball is not an official federal holiday. But it might as well be, since it already meets several holiday requirements — parades, pageantry, fireworks and, most importantly, not going to school or work (we’re not endorsing such things, just saying that it happens so deal with it).
Opening Day is far more than a mere series of games, it’s an event. And, as befitting a major event, several historic in-game moments have occurred throughout the years. Some changed the game forever, others are just really freakin’ cool. Here are five of our favorites.
5. Hank Aaron Hits Home Run #714
Even though he may not be the all-time home run king anymore (steroids or not, Barry Bonds’ over-sized head gets to wear that crown), Hank Aaron’s quest to break Babe Ruth’s legendary record is still one of baseball history’s greatest stories. While he didn’t break the record on Opening Day of 1974, he did in fact tie it, which was an awesome moment in and of itself.
And he wasted no time in doing so "
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