April 6, 2009

G1: Rays at Red Sox, 2 PM (ppd.)

Rained out.

The season will begin tomorrow at 4 PM.


Opening Day!

James Shields (2008: 3.56, 125 ERA+; Spring 2009: 14.1 IP, 8.16 ERA) / Josh Beckett (2008: 4.03, 115 ERA+: Spring 2009: 27.2 IP, 3.25 ERA)

It has been 170 days since Tampa Bay's David Price got pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice at Tropicana Field, saving the Rays' 3-1 victory, and clinching the American League pennant.

The two teams will meet this afternoon at Fenway Park, as the 2009 regular season begins.

I don't think they've gotten any worse. If anything, they've gotten better. It will be interesting. It might be a preview of what's to come.
David Ortiz:
Yeah, why not. [Let's] see what they have from the beginning.

Lineups (expected):
Rays                     Red Sox
Akinori Iwamura, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carl Crawford, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Evan Longoria, 3B David Ortiz, DH
Carlos Pena, 1B Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Pat Burrell, DH J.D. Drew, RF
Matt Joyce, CF Jason Bay, LF
Dioner Navarro, C Mike Lowell, 3B
Gabe Gross, RF Jed Lowrie, SS
Jason Bartlett, SS Jason Varitek, C
Red Sox against Shields and Rays against Beckett

Ortiz is 7-for-14, 1.214 SLG; Pedroia is 5-for-10; Ellsbury is 1-for-10; Yook is (ack) 0-for-17.


The last time the Red Sox began the season at home was 2002: Pedro was shelled and the Blue Jays grabbed a 12-11 win. I remember watching that game (and cursing Ugueth Urbina) at the Riviera in Manhattan (in those dark ages before EI).

The last time the Red Sox began a season with a win at home: 1995. With Aaron Sele on the hill, Luis Alicea leading off, and Kevin Kennedy as manager, Boston blanked the Twins 9-0.

It's my 34th Opening Day as a Red Sox fan, and another summer of little white boxes and fine-pointed pens.


Opening Day Roster:
SP: Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka, Wakefield, Penny

RP: Lopez, Delcarmen, Ramirez, Masterson, Okajima, Saito, Papelbon

C: Varitek, Kottaras

INF: Ortiz, Youkilis, Pedroia, Lowrie, Lowell, Green

OF: Bay, Ellsbury, Drew, Baldelli, Carter

John Smoltz was given Curt Schilling's locker, next to Jason Varitek's. When Smoltz is ready to pitch in a game, he'll go down to A ball, either Greenville or Salem.
It really doesn't matter what organization level it is. I have nothing to gain being down there anyway because the statistical information is not a good gauge for me, it's really about getting my work in.
Rocco Baldelli's locker is between Dustin Pedroia and Mike Lowell.

Terry Francona, on telling Chris Carter he had made the roster:
You would think it would be great, but about a minute into it he hadn't breathed yet. It wasn't quite as fun as I anticipated it. I thought he was going to pass out.
I'm just happy and excited and I'm ready to go. I really believe in this team and I'm really confident. Every day we play is going to be a great game.


redsock said...

Now if the rain stays away ....

redsock said...

SoSH PoST, 5:21 AM:

WBZ: Heavy rain hits a little after 2

WCVB: Heavy rain hits Fenway at 2

WHDH: Heavy rain will not get to Fenway until between 3 and 4

tim said...


tim said...

Fuck...this looks ugly.

tim said...

This one is even worse.

Looks like Tuesday will be opening day!

Wings said...

Well, like any day in New England, we just have to hope for the best!

I mentioned Opening Day on my blog today, too!


s1c said...

Talking about rain between 3 to 5.

Oh groan, of course a rain delay means I can watch at home!!! Until then it is WTIC or WEEI baby!

Benjamin said...

We need an emergency proclamation declaring today Patriots' Day so we can get a morning game in.

Make it happen, Deval.

Amy said...

I will be in class when the game begins, but will check in afterwards. I sure hope the rain stays away, but it is pouring here in western MA right now. Not looking too encouraging....

Benjamin said...

Aaaaaaannnnndddd the game's postponed to tomorrow. That sucks.

Gambrinus said...

Woo, can't wait. Although the game is inconveniently timed (Work is not big on streaming video, but I can get away with it after 5). A rain delay might work out nicely!

Ish said...

First line of showers and thunderstorms have entered Hartford and are now moving through eastern Connecticut. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't start raining in Boston before 1:00, let alone 2.

Joe Grav said...

Stupid f*cking rain. It's really crappy out right now. I feel bad for the people who paid through the nose for tickets and took the day off of work.

Rain, rain go away...

Interesting baseball note: Boston College baseball [you may remember them as an annual Red Sox punching bag in February] came back from a 10-2 6th inning deficit to beat North Carolina State 11-10 yesterday, in what some [read: I] have dubbed the "Palm Sunday Miracle."

tim said...

PPD. :(

Ish said...

You can flip that ON switch back to OFF for one more day.

Game postponed to tomorrow at 4:05.

Ish said...

Larry: "It's unusual for us to postpone a game when there isn't hard evidence, that is rain or immediate weather present at Fenway Park given the volatility of weather around here, but we have two factors here. There's a consistency among all the weather people, private weather services as well as the six network and media weather services we consult as well, and the probabilities of rain are nearly 100 percent and we're talking about some severe weather with possible thundershowers and heavy gusts..."

Sarah Gates said...

Postponed :( I was getting ready to go down to Thom's and drink happy thoughts... And tomorrow I have to work. Poop.

s1c said...

wtic is saying Postponed until 4:05 Tomorrow!

redsock said...

I knew Fenway shoulda got a dome.


It's been a disgusting morning mix of wind, rain and snow here in Ontario. Horrible.

andy said...

Fuck. Day off wasted.

Ish said...

See it could be worse! At least this wasn't Chicago where the game got snowed out.

L-girl said...

Such a drag for the people who rearranged work schedules to get the day off. Tomorrow's actually better for me, and of course it's all about me.

Ish said...

Such a drag for the people who rearranged work schedules to get the day off. Tomorrow's actually better for me, and of course it's all about me.

Yeah my father stayed home from work today to watch the game. Tomorrow he'll probably miss the first half of the game.

Ish said...

I said to him it must be annoying, taking the day off for this. Being a wasted day off. He said since when is a day off a bad thing?

Sarah Gates said...

Is it bad that I'm trying to reschedule my work call tomorrow so that I can be done in time to get to Thom's anyhow? It was supposed to be a 12-6 call, but clearly that won't do at all... It's just me and one other person though. Wonder how she feels about 9 am. (Probably the same way I do. Not positively.)

accudart said...

I know it's nice to have opening day be at home once in a while but......it seems kind of crazy for TB to be at Boston and Atlanta to be at Phil. last night. Wouldn't it make more sense to have the northern clubs start on the raod for the first couple of series?

James said...

works good for me. I am on a bus, and was going to "watch" the game on GDGD on the bus's crappy WiFi.

s1c said...

Accudart - first game couldn't be in Tampa, the Dome was booked for an IRL race.

Ish said...

I think a couple of northern places like Cleveland and Chicago would be better off starting on the road for the first week or two because of snow, but rain is going to fall whether it's the first week of April or the second or third. And it's the same everywhere.

Pepe Lepew said...

Tomorrow's actually better for me. Sorry everyone else is disappointed. The sun came out here finally (after six solid weeks of snow, sleet and rain), so I'm going to climb a mountain tomorrow, then settle in for the opener.

Joe Grav said...

Tomorrow night, I have work... covering the oh-so-famous Baseball Beanpot semifinals in Brockton, MA for the Boston Metro and EagleInsider.com...

So boo, bad timing