Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Red Sox and Athletics meeting up in Tokyo last week. And I loved the Nationals Opening Night on Sunday. But it takes away from the special feelings that surround Opening Day when you’ve already had 3 games played. The Rangers will take the field today at 5:40 local time today, and by that time there will have been, oh, I don’t know, 6 or 7 games completed already. I just think Opening Day should be Opening Day. Not the fourth day of games as it will be today.
I’ll say this about the first three games though…. HOW EXCITING!!! The season opener goes extra innings between Boston and Oakland, the second game between the two gives us a dominating performance by Rich Harden, and then Sunday night gives us a walk-off homer in the first game ever at Nationals Park! If these first three games are any indication of how the season will go, this should be a fun year. I hope that this season will do a lot in terms of making people forget about the steroid scandals and all of the junk that baseball has in it right now. Baseball appeared to be one of the few sacred things left in society, and that is gone. ****, Roger Clemens, who was the latest generation of Texas children’s Nolan Ryan, is now an accused steroid user. What next? The Easter bunny isn’t real?
As for the season, let me go ahead and give you all my predictions for the year that I’m sure will go wrong!!!
Wild Card- Mets
MVP- Chase Utley
Cy Young- Carlos Zambrano
Wild Card- Red Sox
MVP- David Ortiz
Cy Young- Erik Bedard
I’ll take the Yankees over the Phillies in the World Series this year, call me crazy, but I think the Yankees young pitching will be enough for them in 2008. As for the Rangers, I’ll go as far as saying I think at WORST they are a 75 win team. I’ll say 80-82 though.
Teams on the Rise: Tampa Bay. I’m on the bandwagon folks, it’s official. I think the Rays are on to something down in Florida this year. Carlos Pena, B.J. Upton, Scott Kazmir, James Shields…. They are loaded with young talent……….. The other team on the rise, the Dodgers. I know, they have a lot of veterans, but they have one of the best managers in baseball, and they have been basically in obscurity for a while. Furcal will bounce back, Penny will have a big season, and I think they’ll challenge for the Wild Card and possibly even the NL West late into the year. I like the Dodgers.
Well, there it is…. all of my picks, my thoughts on Opening Day Version 2.0, and now it’s time to kick back and get ready for Opening Day Version 3.0. We’ll chat again tonight!