Thursday, February 26, 2009

and they're off

Baseball is officially underway, sports fans! (cheers and applause) The first ST game ended in a tie (5-5) with the Marlins yesterday, and the boys make the trip to Fort Lauderdale today to see the Orioles. I'd give anything to be down there. Palm trees and warm breezes. I guess I'll have to settle for my imagination to take me to the ballpark. 

Blake Hawksworth did well, as I understand, and so did Royce Ring. The young guys who came in from the 'pen left a little to be desired, but there weren't any serious plans to bring them to the show anyway. No big deal. The part that did bother me a little was the stranded runners. It was a huge issue last year, and doesn't seem like it's been resolved yet. 

I know, I know, it's early. I'll save my rile for April when it still isn't resolved. The funny thing about LOB is that it can feel very frustrating at the time, but if you strand 14 runners, that means you had 14 runners. Somehow or other, you got 14 guys on base to be stranded, and if that's not a silver lining, I don't know what is. Too optimistic? 

This week has been a little stressful for me (and not because of baseball), but the clouds have lifted (just in time for some actual clouds to move in) and I'm ready to re-focus on baseball. I haven't listened to the UCB broadcast from last night yet, but I plan to do so just as soon as I figure out what I did to my speakers and how to fix it.... I could swear there was something else I was going to mention, but it's gone now.