April 1st, 2013
And, despite the fact that it’s April Fools, it’s no joke. Major League Baseball actually started for some lucky folks last night, and the Nation gets their turn today at 1:05 when the Sox and the Skanks face off in New York for the first of their 19 meetings in the 2013 Campaign…
And in no surprise, Jon Lester takes the mound for the first game, opposed by Skankee ace, CC Sabathia. Let’s hope the success Jon has had on the mound during Spring Training (.075 ERA in 6 starts) in translates into real live baseball…Hell, I’d be happy if he had a WINNING season this year, which is a damn sight better than the 9-14, 4.82 ERA debacle of 2012…
And it should be an interesting, as the Opening Day lineups for both clubs are pretty different that each one anticipated. The Sox don’t have Big Papi or Stephen Drew yet, due to injury; Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr, who at 22, will be the youngest Red Sox player to make the starting 9 straight from AA ball since 2001, when someone you may have heard of did: Shea Hillenbrand.
And here is the Boston Red Sox Opening Day Lineup for 2013:
1 CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2 RF Shane Victorino
3 2B Dustin Pedroia
4 1B Mike Napoli
5 3B Will Middlebrooks
6 C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
7 DH Jonny Gomes
8 LF Jackie Bradley Jr.
9 SS Jose Iglesias
P LHP Jon Lester
But I think the Skanks have it FAR worse than the Sox at this point: No Derek Jeter, Mark Toxemia, Curtis Granderson, or A-Fraud…Could this FINALLY be the year where signing aging (and expensive) superstars, while not getting any younger as a team, come back and bit them on the ass?
I fervently hope so…
BUT, it is very likely that Kevin Youkilis will get the start at first base, his first in Skankee pinstripes…THAT is going to be hard to watch…
Neato (and very encouraging) Stat: The Red Sox starters had a 2.13 ERA for Spring Training 2013, and finished 17-17-1 with yesterday’s win against Minnesota…
I was having a conversation this morning with some Sox fans, and everyone seems to be pretty much of the same mindset: The Sox will win 80-85 games, but no postseason berth for them. Another prevalent theme is the fact that fielding a team that the fans can actually LIKE and enjoy watching play is a great equalizer for a team that is more than likely in a transition year…
BUT, this is baseball, and we all know ANYTHING can happen in baseball. So this team could win 95 games and get to the World Series.
It’s just pretty unlikely–even for baseball..
Finally, some link love for some fellow BBA‘ers:
Dan from The Ball Caps Blog is on the board of a great new non-profit called Experience Baseball, which offers special tours of neighborhoods around big-league ballparks to make people more aware not only of the history of the team but also of the circumstances of those living nearby. As they are a brand new entity, if you are interested in donating to this worthwhile cause, you can get the entire scoop here: . The first Experience Baseball tours are taking shape for Kansas City and Chicago, with expansion to other markets in the works.
Coming up: Because playing the 1st game of the season is so very taxing, the first off day of the season is tomorrow, and then the first night game of 2013 happens on Wednesday. Sox vs the Skanks, round 2. That Clay Person gets the start, opposed by Hiroki Kuroda. 1st pitch 7:05pm.
And, at the rate I am going, with my schedule this week, it looks like the first game I will actually seen any significant portion of is Friday Night’s contest against Toronto…UGH…
Let’s do this…