...and so am I. You think I could let the last couple of days go by without comment?
Observation #1, let's hope this is the Josh Beckett we see for the rest of the season-the 2007 version, not the 2008. IMO, his performance is the #1 deciding factor on whether the Red Sox win the division, and how deep they can go in the playoffs. He's the ace, and he needs to perform like one. Yesterday was a great first step in that direction.
Now, I know you can't predicate a season on the first day. I do know that. But I also know that an important life philosophy dictates that one live in the moment, seize the day, and eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow ye may die. So If I die tomorrow, I'll die happy knowing the Sox are up one game on the Yankees. I'm using that mindset to thoroughly relish the difference between the Red Sox opening day (or Opening Day, depending on your orientation) and the Yankees. The Sox were disciplined, efficient, and and generous with production-hits from everybody in the lineup except Ellsbury, five different guys knocking in the five runs. No baserunning boners, no errors. Papelbon putting his money where his mouth is (keep blowing them away, JP, and you can mouth off all you want). With the exception of Okajima's blip, it was execution on the level of the the '04 Pats-strong defense, keep them back on their heels, don't let them know where the next attack is coming from. Even Tek hit the ball hard, and from the left side of the plate. Very encouraging. Belichick would have been proud.
Take that, you tedious bandwagoning Rays' fans.
Compare that to Cup Cake's first start-six earned runs in less than five innings, and yes, he looked just that bad. You couldn't tell the difference between his fastball and mine. Couldn't find the strike zone if someone had hidden a Milky Way and a margarita in it. A heating pad in forty degree weather? Please! The NFL linebackers go sleeveless in sub-zero weather! What a wus! What was most amusing, though, was listening to that blowhole Morgan with the endless list of ready-made excuses he carries around for just such occasions...it's the cold, C.C. always has slow Aprils, maybe he's pulled something, blah-blah-blah-blah-blaaaaaaaahhhh (in Joe's world, nobody just plain sucks. There must always be some exterior force at work!) Texeira left five men on base, heh-heh-heh, and an "atta boy" to those snarky Orioles fans for giving the baseball equivalent of a Blackwater gun the collective middle finger. I've never seen them quite so animated before, but I guess it's as true in Baltimore as it is in Boston-hell hath no fury like a true fan scorned, especially by a hometown boy. (Get used to it, chump. Nobody takes Yankee dough on principle.) Really, the only Yankees who looked good Monday were the near geriatrics Jeter and Damon (typing those names so close together makes me gag, by the way). The bullpen looked even worse than last year, if that's at all possible.
The reports of the Sox' death and Yankee's guaranteed 120 win season are clearly greatly exaggerated.
Of course, it wouldn't be baseball season without Yankee fans aggressively displaying their collective arrogance and below-average IQs, and this year they're doing it early and often. A sample:
deezo99 wrote:...always comparing yourself to the super power next door with all the money and the history of overshadowing ur petty few accomplishments.
myyanks26 wrote: Deezo could not of said it better.. he just forgot to say BILL BUCKNER
The obvious answer to that, of course is...Mark Belhorn. Followed by, ahem, a Bronx cheer.
Lester goes tonight against that pest Kazmir. 7:05 is once again sacred time.
We can breathe and live again. baseball is back.