Been meaning to write all week. Takes the first loss of the season to get me to do so. Hopefully that will deflate a few of the people talking about the Rangers contending. Okay, yes, they did sweep the Indians, but one series does not a season make. Has anything changed on the Rangers in the last week to make them suddenly likely to win the division? No. I’m sure you’ve heard it here before, but remember this phrase: “small sample size”. How many times did the Rangers win three in a row last season? A lot. Just because it happened to come in the first three games of this season, are all the clouds surrounding this team blown away, and everything is now all fluffy and light? No.
Hey, are you, like me, wondering what kind of idiot Ron Washington is? In my case, it’s because he’s giving his starters 100 or more pitches in opening week! Come on, even Kris Benson gets 100 today, when he sucked all day? I know Nolan Ryan talked about getting the guys more physically fit so they can go longer, but please, this is ridiculous. It’s like they told Washington that he will be fired if his starters don’t go 100 every night. And yes, I freely admit that blame could just as easily go to Mike Maddux. As of right now the MLB site shows 27 pitchers have thrown 100 pitches so far this year (presumably all in starts), and that doesn’t count Benson, who’s not on the list yet. Our other three starters are though, tying us with Cincinnati as the two teams with three pitchers to do that. I will bet you that one or more of these first four starters will be on the DL by the end of the month. Don’t I remember Padilla having some trouble late in spring training, so much that he might have missed his start on Wednesday? It’s criminal. And yes, I did say when Millwood came out to pitch the seventh on Monday that he was about to melt down, having already gotten into the 90s in his pitch count. If I can tell from section 235, how come Washington can’t? Of course, I also called Salty’s home run (told my son to pay attention – he was goofing around – because Salty was going to hit a homer, and two pitches later he did), so maybe I’m just psychic.
Love the red. Get a clue, Rangers. Blue should be gone by next season at the latest.
Enjoyed Opening Day, despite the horrible traffic around the ballpark. Somehow they actually managed to make it worse. Yes, they’ll blame construction, which will presumably make things better one day. Me, I blame the cops, who were doing a terrible job of traffic control everywhere I went. When you’re in a mile-long backup, seeing the cop just letting people turn right on red into the very road all your cars are trying to get to, that’s pathetic. We couldn’t go anywhere because the right-on-redders kept filling in our gaps. If the cop had stopped them once in a while, we’d have gotten there in half the time. And as for the folks at Six Flags (where we were forced to go to park), they should realize that they should open all of their ticket booths when they have a thousand cars waiting, not half of them. I wanted to tell their workers who were blocking the lanes off that they should open the booths instead, but my wife wouldn’t let me.
Wednesday night was a lot better, of course, since only half as many people showed up. I think it was a much more enjoyable day, too. The temperature was just right (whereas on Monday we were fine in the sun but froze when the shadows hit). The ballpark has much better screens this year, I really like the various video boards. Plus, we saw Elvis hit his first career home run, hopefully the first of many (and yes, I know he’s only going to average two a year, but still). I wonder when we’ll be able to get Andrus shirts in the store? If it’s anything like Chris Davis last year, we’ll have to wait until Opening Day 2010.
How do you explain to a four year old that green dot won’t win every time? He was just so mad about it, and then red won twice in a row, so that just made him even madder at Mommy (her dot is red dot. Mine is blue). It’s really funny to watch him get mad about it though.
One of the things about blogging (or indeed writing in general) is that you need to stick with it to be successful. Take a few days off, and soon enough it becomes a few months. I must try harder to post daily, or at least several times a week. Too many thoughts bounce around my head to not commit them somewhere (and no jokes about committing me somewhere, please).
Nick Adenhart, huh? On Opening Day we were in traffic that was so slow (I estimated it took us 45 minutes to drive a mile at one point) that the passenger in the car in front of us went to the cooler in his trunk twice while we were watching. He tried to hide it when he went back, but obviously he and the driver cracked a couple of beers each while they were driving. How stupid can people be? And how come a victim like Adenhart dies, while the driver walks (or runs) away? Let’s get some serious punishment for these people.
I like the idea of day games, but it still doesn’t really feel like the season has started until we get into our rhythm of watching the ballgame every evening through the summer.