I told you to sit still, old man.
Opening night would’ve been a complete success if it hadn’t been derailed off the bat, by the depressing sight of frail and enfeebled Muhammad Ali appearance for the first pitch. The Champ shook violently throughout the ceremony, and the stunned crowd could barely bring themselves to cheer.
Jeffrey Loria has shown himself to be a ruthless profiteer many times over, but the selection of Ali was poorly thought out, at best, and totally shameless at worst. Of course it take’s two to tango. Ali’s people could’ve easily said ‘no’ to the request. It makes you wonder who’s calling the shots in his camp.
Either way, it was an upsetting way to restart baseball, as well as the Marlins franchise.
I'll "smoke em" in the ninth
With Andrew Bailey on the shelf for what could be 4-5 months, the Sox needed someone to step into the closer roll.
Bobby Valentine announced today that that man would be Alfredo Aceves.
It’s an interesting call considering two factors: One, Mark Melancon has experience in the role, racking up 20 saves for the Astros last year. Two, Aceves proved to be a valuable swingman last season. He provided several valuable spot starts, as well as often acting as a one-man bridge from starter to closer.
Aceves may be the right call, but with people already questioning Bobby V’s judgement in general, you have to wonder if playing it safe with Melancon was the better call.
Too much thumb-wrestling
It sounds like things just got a whole lot worse for Andrew Bailey.
The man tabbed to replace Jonathan Papelbon at the back of Boston’s bullpen has been suffering through thumb pain for close to two weeks, and is now facing the possibility of surgery.
Mark Melancon, and Alfredo Aceves have already been mentioned as replacements, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Boston pulls the plug on Daniel Bard’s transition to starter, and slots him in as the 9th-inning man.
"How do you make the ball hover like that?"
The Toronto Star examines Ricky Romero, and Brandon Morrow’s path to the bigs.
They drafted one, and traded for the other. That’s it.
As Opening Day bears down on us, it’s looking more and more likely that Padres fans(who have Time Warner or AT&T) won’t be able to watch their squad.
As Nick Canepa points out, this fiasco, like so many other Bud Selig-era fiasco’s, always ends with the fans taking it in the ass.
"Is that Duggan with the binoculars........again?"
Dan Duggan, of the Boston Herald takes a sexually ambiguous look at Mike Aviles’ physique, and workout regimen.
Duggan follows that up with an article entitled “‘Biggest calves in the game are attention-getters.”
What? Just sayin’.