Believe it or not, the MLB regular season is already underway. That’s no joke.
If that’s news to you, however, don’t feel left out. It certainly is for most baseball fans, even the diehards, because MLB did little, if anything, to promote the opening series between Seattle & Oakland in Japan.
I bet most of you have no idea who won, who pitched, who homered…who was the home team? I know I didn’t, except for a small blurb I caught on Baseball Tonight. The rest of the story I found online. (Seattle won Game 1, Oakland won Game 2).
Funny enough, there’s such irony in the fact that while MLB tries to expand its horizons, they failed to reach the fans in its own country, and for the season’s lid-lifter no less!
Even those aware of the ‘official’ overseas opener couldn’t find it on television, including players and managers still wrapping up meaningless spring training games.
And there’s your big kick-off to the 2012 season. Hooray?
1.) Quade’s Opening Day Lineup.
2.) Cubs Opening Day Notes.
3.) Scouting the Pirates.
1.) Here’s Mike Quade’s Opening Day lineup:
* Kosuke Fukudome – RF
* Starlin Castro – SS
* Marlon Byrd – CF
* Aramis Ramirez – 3B
* Carlos Pena – 1B
* Geovany Soto – C
* Alfonso Soriano – LF
* Darwin Barney – 2B
* Ryan Dempster – P
Hate to say it, but this was typical Zambrano. Big game, big moment, big bust.
I’ve said it for three seasons: Z is not the staff ace–Ted Roosevelt Lilly is.
I understand it’s one game, one bad outing. But Zambrano, unfortunately, has proven his emotions are in control, not his brain.
That’s not the mark of an ace or the guy you want on the hill in a big game or a guy you pay $19M per year. He’s a No. 5 starter with No. 1 stuff and that’s a shame.
Carlos has thrown six-consecutive Opening Days–he’s won just once. His other starts were nothing to write home about, either. Put Zambrano where he belongs, which certainly isn’t the No.1 for 2011.
It appears MLB has finally made a season opening schedule that makes sense, at least weather wise.
Of the 14 opening series 10 are being held in reasonable, if not ideal, weather locations.
Seriously baseball, stop scheduling lid-lifters in Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and anywhere else that isn’t south of St. Louis.
Nothing kills the celebration of Opening Day like a snowstorm.