The Baseball Desert

Monday, April 04, 2005

I came, I saw...

...I was underwhelmed.

The Red Sox's defense of their 2004 World Series title got off to a somewhat inauspicious start, with a 9-2 defeat at Yankee Stadium. The Sox just never seemed to get into the game, either on the mound or at the plate. The Yankees, on the other hand, looked like a ballclub that was hungry to put last season's disappointment behind them and start this one with a bang.

It would have been nice to win on Opening Day, particularly against the Yankees, if only to earn bragging rights for an extra couple of days, but in the greater scheme of things, it's no big deal. Thankfully, as Earl Weaver said: "This ain't football - we do this every day". The history - both ancient and recent - between these two teams meant that tonight's game did have a certain intensity to it, but things will level out in a few days' time, and we can get on with the business of regular baseball, day in, day out, for the next six months. I'm betting that the Sox don't lose the next 161 games, and that the Yankees don't win the next 161 games, and that, come the end of the season, these two teams will be there or thereabouts.

In the meantime, there are other Opening Day games to watch later today. If I can survive my 2am start to the season, I'm going to check out the Phillies and the Nationals at Citizens' Bank Park.

Wherever you are, have a great Opening Day, and enjoy hearing those two words we've waited 5 months to hear: "Play ball!"