…and other Opening Day (yes, capital O capital D) observations.
Good afternoon, WasWatching and baseball followers. It has been quite a while since I have posted, but there is nothing like Opening Day to get one in the mood to live, breathe, and talk baseball.
I should admit, that for the first time in roughly 9 years, I barely paid attention to the happenings of Spring Training. I knew about acquisitions over the course of the off season, but it was almost as if they went in one ear and out the other. Last Saturday I felt the need to to yankees.com to actually peruse the roster.
But now I am back. Baseball is here. I am pumped. So on to Opening Day:
- I do not have the type of job where I can follow along to the game at my desk. This year I decided to DVR the game, avoid anything that could alert me to the score, and watch the game from start to finish when I got home. It almost worked except for one person who knew I was a Yankee fan, and knew I couldn’t watch the game, told me the score. She covered it up pretty well, but still. Regardless, I went home and watched.
- Mike Mussina has always been one of my favorite Yankees, and the longer he has been away from the game, the more I am liking him and relish in the few chances I get to see him.
- I really do like Cano’s new cleats this season.
- I’m hoping that Mark Teixeira’s 1-3 day with a home run, 3 RBIs, and a walk will mean that Teixeira will not get off to the normal slow start that Yankee fans have grown accustomed the last 2 years. I might even be happy if it means a mediocre start. (Did anyone notice the YES graphic about Teixeira’s 2010 April vs. today? It was amusing.)
- It’s good to see Curtis Granderson continue 2011 right where he left 2010.
- I’m liking Russell Martin (hopefully this feeling will last).
- I’m also liking the Yankee bullpen. I’m not sure if Joba will be a Yankee in August, but hopefully he will pitch like today everyday.
- I still hate bunting, Brett Gardener.
- 17 years for Jeter, Rivera, and Posada. Wow.
- I like seeing Rivera close out Opening Day on a called third strike. 15 years after being made a closer, and he is still just as good as day one.
And now for the obligatory day off between day 1 and day 2, and then baseball continues once again on Saturday.
For the next 7 months I can watch a baseball game that means something every day. Yay.