Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Opening Day 2010- Rearview Mirror Edition

Is there anything better on the sports calendar than Opening Day? To me, it's a lot like the first two days of the NCAA College Basketball tournament, where noon onward there are games going the rest of the day and night all across North America. And now, a look at the 2010 edition, with retrospective lenses of course...

- I hardly recognized Jorge Posada on Sunday night, what with him actually behind the plate between pitches.

- Is that a smile we see from Roy Halladay (picture 14)? Amazing what some run support will do for you. I think this guy is going to work just fine.

-Welcome to the big show, Jason Heyward. But let's not get carried away just yet. This slideshow contains some very good players, but also some guys who immediately stunk thereafter. But it was a neat thing to see Heyward go yard in his first AB. The closest thing to this that I've seen was when I sat in the 700 level at the Vet and watched Chase Utley hit a grand slam off of Aaron Cook for his first career hit, April 24, 2003.

- Billy Wagner looked really good in his inning for the Braves. He threw 97 with some hop and mixed in a few dirty sliders.

- Albert Pujols is on pace for 324 home runs, and Placido Polanco for 972 RBI. I love early season projecting.

- Great Opening Day for Halladay, Heyward, Tim Lincecum, Pujols, Polanco

- Carlos Zambrano? Not so much. Not so much for Josh Johnson either.

- Lost in all the good signs for the Braves- Heyward, Wagner, scoring a ton of runs- is the fact that coming off a bad year, Derek Lowe stunk again.

- David Wright can hit the ball out of the Mets' new park after all. Or, he did on Monday.

- If you hate the Yankees, and who doesn't besides Yankee fans, it was really tough watching Johnny Damon drive in the winning run for Detroit and Hideki Matsui drive in the winning run for the Angels. Tell me you don't miss those guys after Nick Johnson spends 45 days on the DL and Brett Gardner and Randy Wynn are hitting a combined .228.

- Developing Story Line- Middle relief stinks... everybody's.

- If you're keeping score at home, that's only 80 more wins for the Pirates to get off the worst schnied in history.

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