Opening Day – Finally

Blogging will be light to nonexistent for the next two or three hours as I go watch the Braves, finally, open their season. Only the clowns that run Major League Baseball could screw up a simple American tradition like Opening Day by starting two teams off a week early, in Japan, in the middle of the night for their fans, and then wait over a week before everyone else starts playing.

It’s very much a new look Braves team this year and both the Phillies and Marlins are favored to finish ahead of them in the division. But 162 games will tell the story.

Update: Well, not very impressive tonight. Russ Ortiz had a rough outing and the infield didn’t do him any favors with a couple of fielding errors in crucial situations. So it goes. 161-1 would be a pretty good year!

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  1. Tom says:

    oops , I hope that first pitch of the season homer does not bode well for this seasons future…

  2. Joe Baby says:

    Kaz! Mr. Besboru!

  3. Eddie Thomas says:

    I was less disturbed by the games in Japan than by the staggard start to the season. They should have had the Boston-Baltimore game Saturday night and then a full opening day on Sunday.