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 open my eyes when the season is over
Opening Day is about hopes and dreams. A time where all fans can, at least for a day, dream big.
Except maybe Baltimore Oriole fans. Yahoo sports is reporting that the Orioles lost their final spring tune up game to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota chapter. Yes that’s a community college.
Good luck to the rest of the 29 teams out there.
There is a picture of a man who looks remorseful
Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been suspended five games by MLB for intentionally throwing at Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki.
Jimenez is scheduled to serve his suspension during the first week of the season unless he appeals the decision.
Although he maintains that he didn’t hit Tulowitzki on purpose this quote from him surely doesn’t help his case, “He was calling me names,” Jimenez said. “I already said I didn’t want to hit him. I had five walks. It’s not the first time somebody (was) hit.”
All we can say is that he is lucky that this isn’t the NFL or Roger Goodell might have banned him for the season.
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.
Stop asking about my velocity.
Brian Cashman’s biggest(both figuratively and literally) acquisition in quite some time, is starting to get folks in Yankeeland a little worried.
Getting beaten up by a solid Phils lineup, while still unable to get his fastball into the mid-nineties is one thing. Complaining of shoulder soreness is quite another. The 23-year old will head for an MRI today.
Pineda was already rumored to be the odd man out of Joe Girardi’s rotation when the Yanks break camp. Now, the Bombers have to be hoping that’s the least of his problems.
UPDATE: Yanks place Pineda on the 15-day DL with shoulder tendonitis.
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.