If you give me a year and half between starts, I'm effective
In his first start since September 2010, Johan Santana, pitched five innings of two-hit ball, and the Mets beat the Braves 1-0.
David Wright drove in the only run of the day, and the Mets revamped bullpen strung together four shutout innings.
It wasn’t all good news for the Mets, as they saw their starting center fielder, Andres Torres, leave the game with a calf strain. Since most Mets fans didn’t know Andres Torres was the starting center fielder, the injury didn’t seem to dampen the mood at the stadium.
Welcome to the O.K. Corral, Pittsburgh
Well, it didn’t take long for Doc Halladay to get into mid-season form.
The big righty mowed down the Pirates today, going eight easy innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and no earnies. He threw in five K’s for the hell of it.
That man is ice-cold.
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 wish Albert could've been here to see this.
Baseball finally arrived last night (games @6am on the other side of the planet don’t count) in the form of Marlins/Cards.
The Cards got out early on Josh Johnson, with two in the first, and Kyle Lohse was his usual, boring, effective self on the mound, holding the Fish hitless into the seventh. Prized off-season acquisition, Jose Reyes had the honor of breaking up the no-no, and finished the night 2-4, with zero pulled hamstrings.
Fortunately, the “dancing statue” was not needed.
Rumors are swirling that second baseman Ian Kinsler is negotiating a 6-year deal with the Texas Rangers. According to Ken Ronsethal, it is for a slightly higher average annual salary than Dan Uggla’s $12.4 million per season. That would make the contract an estimated 6 years and $80 million.
The one hold up is that Kinsler is apparently worried that Cano’s deal with the Yankees will be much higher than the $14 million per year that’s on the table from the Rangers.
Cano is likely to get at least $18 million per year but, considering Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s long-standing policy of letting his players hit free-agency, Kinsler might have to wait two years to find out.
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.