Redleg Nation‘s ninth season begins with more preseason optimism about the Reds than at any time I can remember. We’re all expecting a great season, right? Well, let’s get on with it!

The Queen City’s annual holiday will see Johnny Cueto facing the Angels’ Jered Weaver. That’s right, the Reds are playing the Angels; it’s the first time Cincinnati will face an AL opponent on Opening Day. No matter who the opponent, I expect it will be a fun day. Opening Day always is.

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, listen to our two season preview podcasts: first, with MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, and the most recent, with Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh.

Here’s your game preview. Go Reds.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.