There is something amazing about the beginning of a baseball season. After a winter spent projecting and predicting and hypothesizing, guessing, and wondering, today is the day that we finally start building towards something. Today will give us 1/162th of what the final 2013 Pirates will be. That seems like a little impossible nothingth, but what is baseball if not a collection of impossible nothingths that build into something?
AJ Burnett takes the mound for the Pirates against the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija. The Pirates' lineup will be what you expect, only with Gaby Sanchez at first base and Garrett Jones in right field. I suspect that we'll see this lineup quite a bit, as opposed to the expected Tabata/Snider platoon in right, because it's the only way to keep a left-handed bat on the bench against right-handed pitching. I think that sacrificing production for pinch-hitting is dumb, but I am not a Major League manager.
The first pitch today is at 1:35. It's cold, but it's still baseball.
@JamesSantelli I appreciate it! But that wasn't a link to the preview …
The only positive about that quick half inning is it limited the amount of BS from NH we were subjected to. The Bucs should hire Ray Shero when this assclown is fired after the season.
As the ball was heading to right, I asked myself who was playing RF today. My brain quickly came back with the answer, and I cringed. Now that we apparently have a catcher who can throw to second on the fly, the most painful thing to watch as a Bucs fan is Jones stumbling around in right with a "this is going to get worse before it gets better" look on his face.
I think I should just go ahead and concede that I am not going to get any work done today. Opening day baseball is just too important.
@whygavs Shit. Piss. Other bodily outputs.
@Carnegie Chip It would work better if Shero could bring a salary cap with him.
@wkkortas I thought Pat's dream of bunting in October from the last post sounded suspiciously like Hurdle's dream. Some sort of Stockholm syndrome, maybe.