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News Flash: Zack Greinke to be the Royals' Opening Day starter

Feb 8, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

I know it’s quite an honor for a guy to be given the Opening Day start — hell, if you listen to Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame supporters, Opening Day starts are more important than wins, strikeouts and ERA — but really, it’s just one game. And it’s one that you’re probably going to sell out anyway, because it’s, you know, Opening Day.

So if you have a box office draw as your ace like the Royals do in Zack Greinke, wouldn’t it make better economic sense to start him in the second Game of the season, thereby guaranteeing two sell outs instead of just one? As it is, Trey Hillman has decided to go with Greinke on Opening Day. What a terrible business decision.

OK, I can’t keep a straight face. If the Royals had implemented such a cynical line of reasoning, hadn’t made Greinke their Opening Day starter and deprived us of Greinke vs. Justin Verlander, I would have led the mob to the gates.  I’ve heard some people talk about such a thing jokingly, however, and wanted to try it on for size. It doesn’t fit very well. I don’t think there will be an Opening Day matchup as good anywhere else, and I can’t wait for it.

In other news, I’m starting to get really excited about the season.

  1. Moses Green - Feb 8, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    In related news, Gil Meche is even angrier than Carlos Beltran right now.

  2. ecp - Feb 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    At first I thought, “there must be some other good Opening Day pitching matchups,” then I checked the schedule and you’re absolutely right. Not only does it project to be the top matchup that day, nothing else even comes close. No other game even looks to match aces that day.
    Too bad most of the world will miss it.

  3. Gentelman Jack - Feb 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Johan vs. Josh should be a good one. Lincecum vs. Oswalt in a bantamweight duel. Ubaldo/Gallardo, Sheets/Felix. None of them as good as the one in KC, but still some good watching.

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