Email|LinkBy Eric Wilbur, Boston.com StaffApril 3, 07 01:00 PM
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 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.”
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."
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.
No, they didn't simply dub that new DirecTV commercial in which Charlie Sheen reprised his role as Rick Vaughn from "Major League." Somehow getting Sheen to look 18 years younger, every baseball fan's favorite satellite company re-shot Sheen's scene at Dodger Stadium recently. After the shoot was over, Sheen took batting practice and hit a homer over the fence. Jobu power.
Speaking of "Major League," it's not often that you can be reminded of Willie Mays Hayes' short slide into second not once, but twice in one game, as Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis gave new meaning to the term dead duck.
Hanley Ramirez on Opening Day: 4 for 6, 1 run scored, 1 run batted in, 4 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. Anibal Sanchez goes for the Marlins tomorrow, while Josh Beckett hits the hill for the Red Sox. As sparkling as Ramirez has proven to be so far in the big leagues, you just know that his and Beckett's names are going to be linked together for a long time. Let's just hope it's not in a Bagwellian-Anderson sort of way.
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?
Dear Mr. Weisman: I too am a sucker for the state of Colorado. I also enjoy our nation's capital, but it doesn't mean the Nationals are going to contend in the East. Sincerely, Reality.
Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal ends his own Opening Day observations piece with the following: "Gil Meche, worth every penny!"
Gotta love Opening Day hyperbole.
I can't really tell whether this cartoon is narrated by a six-year-old or the creepy, old woman from "Poltergeist," but hey, it's still better than any MLB promo Fox has ever produced.
So, Red Sox Nation is going global, we're told. But with whispers of secession once again blowing in the Green Mountain State, Kristin at Drunken Bleachers.com wonders, "If Vermont votes to succeed (sic) and become an independent republic, will Vermonters have to give up their Red Sox Nation citizenship? Would the Second Republic of Vermont be included in the NESN broadcast zone?"
Good question. And I don't think John Kerry will be rushing to their aid anytime soon.
Manny Ramirez's grill may be gone from eBay, but you can live with the memory of it forever for just $9.99.
If Major League Baseball really wants to make an umpteenth attempt at speeding up the product on the field, its silly edict to not step out of the batter's box between pitches certainly isn't going to do it.
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, decide less than 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?
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