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Random Opening Day Thoughts while watching the Yankees and Red Sox

Apr 1, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

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I turned the Red Sox-Yankees game on at 1pm. There are other games, but the TV with cable next to my desk doesn’t have the Roku player on it, so this one was just easier to do while still actually pretending to work.

We’re not live blogging or anything, but I will be chiming in with some random thoughts on this and other games throughout the afternoon. Some random thoughts:

  • Joba Chamberlain kept the awful mustache out of camp. Brave choice.
  • Lou Piniella threw out the first pitch. He bounced it. Surprised he didn’t then argue with it and get thrown out.
  • CC Sabathia started the actual game off with a fastball to Jacoby Ellsbury. I’ve now seen three Opening Day first pitches counting last night and they were all fastballs down the middle. No one ever starts the season out with some offspeed junk in the dirt. I feel like there are opportunities being lost here. UPDATE: OK, it’s now 4-0 in the second. Maybe Sabathia doesn’t look as good now as he did in the first.
  • That said, Sabathia struck out two of three while giving up a meaningless single to Pedroia. He looks like he could pitch for 50 more years. It’s weird given that he’s the ace of the Yankees, but he may be one of the more underrated pitchers in the game.
  • Heck, the Yankees of all teams may be underrated this year. How we got to this point I have no idea, but there has been more unwarranted hype thrown at a half dozen other teams in the past three years than the Yankees ever got.
  • Robinson Cano reached on a strikeout/passed ball thing. I always like that. Free David Ross.
  • Listening to Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone do color commentary — and listening to Orel Hershiser and John Kruk during last night’s game — and I renew my loathe affair with ex-jock analysts. Baseball is a pretty simple game. There’s nothing wrong with pointing out simple things like “the good player is good” and “scoring runs is how you win.” Yet so many of these guys feel like they have to come up with counterintuitive or obscure points of analysis as a means of justifying themselves and their expertise. They analyze the hell out of everything when life would be so much better if they just let us watch.  Oh well, this is a battle I’ve been resigned to lose for many years now, so I probably shouldn’t complain.

Not that it’s too deep a complaint. I have the sound down low. I may or may not be enjoying a cold one. Baseball is on. It didn’t feel totally right last night, but this afternoon it feels good. The structure of my life is back.

  1. darthicarus - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Justin Verlander threw an off-speed pitch to start an Opening Day game a few years ago. Saw it on twitter last week, believe Brandon McCarthy asked about it.

  2. hk62 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    And Norris’ first pitch last night painted the black on the outside corner – it was not “down the middle”.

    • stex52 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      I understand you are correcting Craig’s perception. But you made Norris sound pretty smart. I’d hate to start the season with a first-pitch home run.

      Talk about bad karma.

      • hk62 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        And vs Kinsler that is a very real possibility! But it was Bud at home – where is karma is golden (for what ever reason).

  3. sabatimus - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Yep, Sabathia was a beast when he gave up those 4 runs in the 2nd.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      DOOM!

  4. devouredbychaos - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    “Sabathia struck out two of three while giving up a meaningless single to Pedroia. He looks like he could pitch for 50 more years. It’s weird given that he’s the ace of the Yankees, but he may be one of the more underrated pitchers”

    Now THIS made me laugh! 18.00 era through 2 innings is considered underrated?? Love seeing this Double A Yankees team already losing.

    • number42is1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      HOLY SHIT! an 18 ERA this late it the season.. HE SUCKS! oh wait… its only the first game of the season and you’re a fucking moron. carry on….

    • jdrew506 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Seriously, like the ace for whatever team you are a fan of has never givin up 4 runs in an inning. Yet CC will still be considered a top3-5 starter by the end of the season, and in the hunt for CY Young just like everyother year. But your right he is not underrated, or in your opinion he is over rated. People like you also think spring training and opening day shows how a team or player will do for a full 162 game season. Once again, Yankee haters will hate because they only wish they could have the history that they do so stop being jealous.

  5. mybrunoblog - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Yanks being down 4-0 in the 2nd inning wasn’t in the game plan. Ugh.

  6. Jack Marshall - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Craig’s Yankee bias showing…everyone is judging Boston by last year’s freaky bad luck, and NY is the under-rated team on the field?.

    • ctony1216 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Yankee bias? Craig jabs Joba over his slick ‘stache and says nothing about Pedroia’s ski mask of facial hair. And look at Johnny Gomes’ beard. I’m sure I saw two blue robin’s eggs in there. Clearly there is an anti-Yankee-mustache-pro-Red Sox-beard slant on HBT.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Craig enjoys tweaking both the Yankees and the Red Sox…he has no bias one way or the other on that front.

  7. jdrew506 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Oh my the Yankees are loosing the first game and it not even over and there are people already jumping off bridges and the doom watchers are getting hard-on. Give it a rest, This is CC’s 4th start on opening day for the Yankees and he has lost the first 3 so this all means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. And for all you who love seeing this go on keep loving it because you only wish your team could have the tradition and history that the Yankees have had but know they never will.

  8. historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Is beer on the Paleo Diet?

  9. raysfan1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Do complain about over-analysis. You have a “bully pulpit”–use it; maybe one of those jocks read what you right and tale it to heart.

  10. blacksables - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    “There’s nothing wrong with pointing out simple things like “the good player is good” and “scoring runs is how you win.” Yet so many of these guys feel like they have to come up with counterintuitive or obscure points of analysis as a means of justifying themselves and their expertise. They analyze the hell out of everything when life would be so much better if they just let us watch.”

    I’ll bet that’s less a reflection of the guys themselves, than it is a reflection of the network execs who mandate it from a fear of dead air.

    • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      See…we can agree on stuff. :-)

      I believe this is exactly what the problem is….to many producers getting in the way of the game…not unlike all of the silliness that goes on at ball parks between innings.

      • blacksables - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        There’s no right or wrong, it’s just different opinions of the same thing.

      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        So….what you are saying is: There ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys. There’s only you and me and we just disagree?

      • blacksables - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        I was trying to avoid that.

  11. 18thstreet - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Aaron Boone also has an annoying voice. I feel the same way about Rick Sutcliffe. It’s so hard to believe they can’t find anyone better.

  12. tc4306 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I find it amusing that a guy who is heavily into statistical analysis would make the comment “There’s nothing wrong with pointing out simple things like “the good player is good” and “scoring runs is how you win.” Yet so many of these guys feel like they have to come up with counterintuitive or obscure points of analysis as a means of justifying themselves and their expertise. They analyze the hell out of everything when life would be so much better if they just let us watch.”
    Some of us feel pretty much the same way about advanced metrics.

  13. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Wow, Travis Hafner got skinny. Funny how he’s gotten thin around the same time his stats/numbers did, ha ha.

  14. pisano - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Unless there are major changes made, it’s going to be a long year for the Yankees.

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