Fans descend on ballparks around the country as Major League Baseball gets underway.

Sellout crowds, tailgaters playing hooky from work, that first crack of the bat, and of course, drinking beer in the afternoon: Of all the rituals of life in North American cities, is there anything quite as joyous as the journey to Opening Day? Major League Baseball's 2013 debut got off to a picturesque start this afternoon. Below, a selection of our favorite images from ballparks across the country:

Danny Del Toro, also know as "Dodger Elvis," revs up the fans during the Los Angeles Dodgers' Opening Day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A worker brooms the grass before a season-opening baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Fans arrive at Miller Park for tailgating before opening day of baseball season as the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies in a MLB baseball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Darren Hauck)
A sellout crowd at PNC Park, left, watches as the Pittsburgh Pirates play against the Chicago Cubs in their opening day baseball game on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Cubs won 3-1.The Park is seen on the north shore of the Allegheny River next to the Roberto Clemente Bridge, right. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Fans tailgate outside Miller park before an Opening Day baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies Monday, April 1, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Fans arrive at Citi Field before an opening day baseball game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres Monday, April 1, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Baseball fans stand for the National Anthem before the start of the opening day baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
An "Opening Day" sticker is seen on the windshield of a motorcycle outside Yankee Stadium before the New York Yankees opening day MLB American League baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, April 1, 2013.  (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
Opening day crowd enters the ballpark for the MLB game between Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins in Washington, April 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
Opening day crowd lines up outside fence for MLB game between Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins in Washington, April 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Larry Downing
Fans make their way to Nationals Park for the first game of the season, the Washington Nationals vs. the Florida Marlins, on Monday, April 1st, 2013 in Washington. (Photo by Jay Westcott)
Fans arrive at Miller Park for tailgating before opening day of baseball season as the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies in a MLB baseball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Darren Hauck)
A giant American flag is held by cadets from the U.S. military academy from West Point in center field at Yankee Stadium during the singing of the national anthem before the opening day MLB American League baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in New York, April 1, 2013.  (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
The Pittsburgh Pirates listen to the national anthem before playing against the Chicago Cubs in their opening day MLB National League baseball game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania April 1, 2013.    (REUTERS/David DeNoma)
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo throws to the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of an Opening Day baseball game  Monday, April 1, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

About the Author

Jay Westcott

Jay Westcott is a photographer living in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Politico, Newsweek, and Time.

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