Looks like the weather isn’t going to cooperate with everyone tomorrow, which makes for a very tough decision. Postponing opening day is a logistical nightmare (ask the Indians last year) and at one point in time, it looked like Tuesday was going to be even worse but they’ve changed the forecast since I last checked. It looks like the best chance of rain, as of right now, is after 4 pm so the best scenario looks like most of the game is played in a light drizzle and they get it in before the bad stuff comes.
I did my predictions and I’ll link to them over at the Hardball Times when they’re up. It’s been a while since I’ve gone with the home team but the Tigers have as good of a chance as any this year. Probably my only surprise team is who comes out of the NL Central, which is a crap shoot anyway.
You have to love opening day. Barring any rainouts, you could turn the TV on at 1 pm and watch baseball nonstop all the way through to 1 am. It’s kind of like those opening days of the NCAA tournament, only better because it’s baseball. I’ll have to take about a four hour break (I’m taking the day off, but not going to the game) but I’ll probably have something on most of the day. I’m hoping to also try out my Mosaic (you can have six games on at the same time) through MLB.TV tomorrow.
In what’s probably the most meaningless game of the year, the Tigers lost their final spring training game in Houston against the Astros. Nate Robertson had his worst start of the spring while Yorman Bazardo was simply pummelled in the sixth inning. Carlos Guillen belted his seventh homerun and he was second to only Ivan Rodriguez in that department (Pudge hit eight). Guillen led the team with RBIs while Pudge led the team with sixteen runs. On the pitching side, Aquilino Lopez of all people led the team in strikeouts with 17 which is probably why he earned a spot in the pen. Dontrelle Willis had 15 walks in 16 2/3 innings.
Baseball (real baseball) is here and I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully the Tigers can put the Royals away tomorrow and get off to a nice start.