Monday, April 5, 2010

Pitching and Defense Don’t Win Opening Day

I’ll be completely honest. I hated the idea of the Sox opening the season against the MFY. Opening Day is a holiday, and it doesn’t matter if you’re playing the RoyAAAls or the MFY, it’s still a big freaking deal. So why waste the excitement of a Sox-MFY series on Opening Day? Not to mention the fact that it’s the one day a year the rest of the teams are still relevant on ESPN, and they probably hate the fact that they don’t even get that anymore.

But when Pedro threw out the first pitch, Neil Diamond sang and Alan Dershowitz pissed off somebody in the middle east, all that other stuff was forgotten. It was time to Play Ball! Wait, is that Joe West giving Beckett the ball? And Angel Hernandez at first? Any chance we could get Dershowitz and Diamond to ump the game? There’s a better chance they’d get the calls correct…

We had heard all winter about “pitching and defense” from the Sox front office. Which is a great plan. Really is. The Sox could win 115 games this season. EXCEPT when you have terrible umpires. I’m not going to say that all of Beckett’s troubles were a result of Joe West. But there were at least two batters that should have been out on strikes to end an inning instead of extend it. So the Sox were down 5-1 entering the 5th, Beckett had been pulled, and due to the fact that the Sox have no offense, the MFY won opening day. The End.

Except for the eight runs the Sox scored from the 5th through the 8th. And yes, I know that Pedey’s game-tying 2-run homer was an out in EVERY other ballpark, but so was Jorge Posada’s Peskey Pole HR in the 2nd. (Joe Morgan was speechless when the Sox started scoring. And by speechless I mean that he keeps talking, but doesn’t actually say anything. Which, of course, is what he’s been doing on air for the past 21 seasons.) Now if only the Sox could get some pitching and defense, this team could be really good. Let the singing of Dirty Watah commence. It’s baseball season.

posted by Matt at 11:07 am  

4 Comments »

  1. I could not stand the announcing last night. Typically I don’t get to watch games so I guess I was unaware of the Joe Morgan factor. I’ll be muting him from now on if I have to. Nice win over the MFYs though. :)

    Comment by Melissa — April 5, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Love the commentary! Look forward to reading it through Soxtober!

    I’m with you on the pitching… I’m worried. Let’s up that to cautiously optimistic. Thank god for Youk.

    Comment by Lauren — April 6, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  3. I remember when Country Joe West broke in as a National League umpire, back when I was in the Army in Atlanta watching the Braves lose 100 games a year. He was a horseshit umpire then; age and another fifty pounds haven’t made him any better.

    Comment by Dana King — April 6, 2010 @ 10:52 am

  4. Only you can be so pessimistic about such a great opening day game!

    I gotta say, I think you may jinx the Sox, Matt. They couldn’t do offense or defense until you stopped watching in the 5th and then everything picked up. Yes, I think it’s clear that you cannot watch this entire season. :D

    Comment by Leah — April 6, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

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