Do they teach this in Major League Baseball orientation?
“Nobody goes 162-0.”
Yeah, but what if some day a team actually does go 162-0? Then any given player whose team falls on Opening Day contest can no longer drop this statement.
Here’s my hope: That someone on the Red Sox, should they lose Wednesday too, busts out a, “Nobody goes 160-2,” just to mix things up a bit. Maybe by June, one of them can pipe up, “Nobody goes 130-32.”
Sooner or later they’re staring at the 2001 Mariners with nowhere to go.
Just for once I want a hear someone on a team that wins on Opening Day say, “Nobody goes 0-162. But I’ll tell you what, if anyone is going to do it, it’s that team we played today.”
The Royals, despite their 7-1 win over the Red Sox yesterday won’t be going 162-0, according to every player that lost on Monday because, “Nobody goes 162-0.” And the best Red Sox fans can hope for going forward is 161-1, a mark that, frankly nobody has ever gone either, but you don’t hear anybody mentioning that fact. Which must mean it’s within reach, right?
To be honest, we have to believe that most fans would even be happy with 150-12 at this point, panic stricken in the streets of Boston. At the very worst, a 140-win season might keep the suicide rate as low as one can hope.
But you can forget about 162-0 for another season. Meanwhile, 13 other major league teams kept the dream alive with Opening Day wins. And they’ll be darned if the teams they beat to get this elusive mark are going to sit back and make excuses about how nobody has ever gone 162-0.
Other Opening Day observations on a binary day in the standings…
“The Movement saw some press time in the NY Post yesterday morning, which is a testament to the idea itself and the hope that it offers all Yankee fans. I have never done anything this grassroots before, so the speed at which word is spreading - underground as well as above - is awesome to watch on a daily basis.”
The Movement? It just gets weirder.
Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson debuted his own blog on ESPN.com yesterday, so it’s only fair that we now also refer to him as “Blogger Curtis Granderson” on every mention from here on out.
Meanwhile, Edgar Renteria hit two home runs, including the 10th-inning game-winner to lead the Braves over the Phillies. Remember when he never did stuff like that in Boston?
Gotta love Opening Day hyperbole.
Good question. And I don’t think John Kerry will be rushing to their aid anytime soon.
It makes one wonder how the “24” powers that be would handle it. After all, where else can a president wake up from a coma, re-gain power, have his power challenged, go through an impeachment process, squelch a perjury charge, have a man cut off his arm for the sake of escape, despite the fact that he was in the protective custody of the government, decide less that 60 seconds later that was a bad idea and turn on his partner, and have the original president in question launch the nuclear attack he risked his life to halt all in 60 ridiculous and tidy minutes?
There’s your answer, Bud.