Opening Day Baseball Thoughts . . . So Far . . .

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: MLB | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What Does Opening Day Mean To You? 

Sunshine glistening off the finely trimmed grass, diving catches that make you say “did you see that?!” and walk-off homeruns, completing inconceivable comebacks. 

Let’s not forget the smells . . . popcorn, roasted peanuts, hot dogs and nacho cheese, and the excitement to get to eat them without your fingers freezing off like they did during football season . . . and I don’t want to hear from people in warm weather cities that don’t have to balance gloves, handwarmers, nachos, a hot dog, a beer – or two, and your cell phone, necessary to keep track of your fantasy team, all in sub-freezing temperatures.  It just doesn’t count . . .

In Pittsburgh, Opening Day is like a gateway to Spring.  And today it’s snowing.  Can you belive it?  It happens . . . just ask Cleveland. 

Here are a few interesting observations from today’s first full day of baseball:

  • The Yankees’ Hundred Million Dollar Men – I suppose that narrows it down to most of their team, although I am talking about the latest additions, big splash free agents, Mark Teixiera and C.C. Sabathia.  They gave “bombers” a whole new meaning today as they both stunk up Camden Yard against Baltimore this afternoon.  Sabathia didn’t get out of the fifth inning as he gave up six runs, eight hits, five free passes and went strikeout-LESS.  How do you like the initial return on that $161 Million investment, eh?  Teixeira left five runners on base, unable to connect at the plate going 0-for4 with a walk to the delight of the Orioles’ hometown crowd that feels slighted by Teixeira who flirted with the birds before signing with the evil empire.
           
  • The American League 2008 Cy Young Award Winner, Cleveland Indians’ Cliff Lee, already has one-third of his loss toal from a year ago as he was rocked for seven runs in five innings by the Texas Rangers.  Lee has always been a streaky pitcher, trust me, I had him on my fantasy team twice.  One above average year and one BAD, very bad year.  Last season he went 22-3 and was just on a very long hot streak.  He won the Cy Young and we did not draft him this year.  It’s kinda like Freddy Sanchez of the Pirates winning the 2006 NL batting title . . . not going to happen again.
     
  • The pair of Sox teams both postponed their opening day games to tomorrow, due to inclement weather.  The Royals are enjoying the snow in the Chicago forecast and the Red Sox have another day to think about beating the Rays . . . not that they need it, I’m sure they’ve been thinking about it since last October.
     
  • Oh Canada – stop throwing debris on the diamond . . . During the bottom of the eighth inning, Toronto led Detroit by a score of 12 to 5, and the Rodgers Centre fans began throwing garbage onto the field.  You read it right, the Blue Jays were on top by seven runs and the home crowd began tossing crap on the field . . . someone even threw a baseball at the Tigers’ outfielder Josh Anderson.   Straighten up Toronto, that’s ridiculous.   
     
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates came back from a two run deficit in the ninth to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4.  The come from behind win delays the “here we go again” mentality from taking hold of Bucco nation . . . We’ll see just how long they can keep fighting and hold out hope for their fans – THEY ARE IN PAIN – that they can avoid becoming the sole owner of the record for most consecutive losing seasons in professional sports history.  They are currently tied with the 1933-1948 Philadelphia Phillies at 16 years of losing seasons.  

Happy Opening Day Everyone!  Here’s a classic baseball clip for your viewing fun:

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