Monday, April 03, 2006

Opening Day, Bitches

Talk about stimulus overload. I’ve got the Red Sox-Rangers and Mets-Nationals on the TV and a flurry of games on MLB.tv. Life doesn’t get much better than this…

That is, until tonight, when we have Opening Day (in jeopardy due to rain) and the National Championship beginning about a half hour, 45 minutes apart.

HOME RUN ALBERT PUJOLS! Very glad I’m sticking with the Cards-Phils for the most part, because this is looking like quite a game in the making. Mainly, though, I want to see what everyone else wants to see – Jimmy Rollins and his hit streak bid.

Freakin’ Red Sox are up 5-0 and Schilling, while looking slightly vulnerable, has been quite solid. I don’t expect he’ll be back for the bottom of the 6th. However, should he come back out, he’ll be facing the heart of the Texas order. That could be disaster for him at this juncture of the game. C’mon Tito, let’s start the season by making some poor pitching decisions.

Ortiz homered today, and he now leads Alex Rodriguez 1-0 in the 2006 home run race. If A-Rod wants to have a shot in this thing, he’ll have to answer tonight…multiple times.

Honestly, though, Ortiz seems like he should be hitting a homer per game. The guy just locks in, has a huge swing, impeccable eye, and a quick bat that goes right through the zone. As much as I want to see A-Rod – or even Giambi – come though in a monster way to win the MVP, I have a feeling Ortiz is going to run away with it this year.

Lordy lord, what an ending in the Mets game. With two outs and no one on, Jose Vidro smacked one in the gap, and apparently didn’t see Beltran cut it off. He tried for second, and was gunned down – though the replay leaves in question whether Anderson Hernandez slapped the tag down properly.

Okay, so Schilling did come out for the 6th, and Hank Blalock did take him deep (just barely), making the score 5-2, and giving me hope that the Sox will go 0-162. A man can dream.

Ooh, sucks for Philly fans. Not only are the Phils down 10-0, but Scott Rolen just figuratively flipped the bird to the crowd as he drove one into the seats for a grand salami.

Be back later with some more of the greatest day of the year.