Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Happy Opening Day Eve 2009

The 2009 Major League Baseball season starts tomorrow night when the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies play the Atlanta Braves in Philadelphia. At least this season the opening game starts within the United States. I won't have to wake up at 4 a.m. to watch someone like the Oakland Athletics play the Boston Red Sox in the Tokyo Dome. Sleep patterns will remain normal.

On Monday night, the Chicago Cubs will defend their National League Central Division title (two years in a row, still can't believe that) against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Carlos Zambrano will battle Roy Oswalt.

The defending American League Central Champion Chicago White Sox open at home this year. They will not only battle the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon, they will have to deal with the elements. Right now, local weather outlets are calling for rain and snow.

The defending National League Wild Card Milwaukee Brewers wait until Tuesday to start their season. They open their season on the west coast against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

On a Fantasy Baseball note...

A few fellow Humzooers are participating in my free, bragging rights only league this year. The league is named, "A Century of Waiting...Plus 1" in honor of my Cubs. Best of luck to everyone, but I hope I win.

On a Wiffle Ball note...

In an earlier blog, I mentioned that 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of my old Wiffle Ball League. I have tallied the stats, crunched the numbers, and prepared the play-by-play and box scores. Every game from that season will be commemorated on Humzoo. The first two official games were played on Thursday, May 18, 1989 (Craig McBeath vs. Bill Pearch). Mark you calendar for Monday, May 18 for the start of the retrospective. I promise it will be as exciting as Ken Burns' Baseball.

It's like Christmas Eve, but so much better.

Though, truth be told, my enthusiasm is somewhat dampened this year. I'm still bitter about the end of last season. Time to get over it I suppose.
SallyPants   Saturday, April 4, 2009
This will be the second year in a row that Joe and I have attended a game in opening week. I know it is not opening day, but I can't help but be excited all the same!
K8Day   Saturday, April 4, 2009
Opening of my favorite days of the year!!
Sarah S.   Saturday, April 4, 2009
SallyPants, believe me, I am still upset about the playoffs the last two years. I won't complain about 2003 since that was a different regime.

K8Day, I've been to a few Opening Day games. I attended the White Sox opener in 1990. It was the final home opener at old Comiskey Park. I attended the 1996 and 1997 Cubs openers. The game in 1997 was the second coldest baseball game I ever witnessed live. Susan and I had tickets for the 2007 Texas Rangers home opener. It was cold outside the park and roasting inside. We also attended an Opening Week game at Kansas City just days after the Texas game. That was the coldest game ever. I'm still thawing out.
Bill Pearch   Saturday, April 4, 2009
I am looking forward to another great MLB season. Unfortunately, on paper, the dreaded Yankees look to be the best team in the league.
ozthegreat   Saturday, April 4, 2009
I have to agree that the Yankees are probably the best team this year; however, the American League seems to be balanced this year. Locally, the winning pitcher of the 2008 World Series is now pitching the Durham Bulls in order work on his arm problems. Josh Powell has returned to the majors after over coming very much adversity.
BeanCounter37   Sunday, April 5, 2009
Just remember, CC Sabathia put a lot of miles on his arm last season with the Brewers.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, April 5, 2009
True...but he's a horse
ozthegreat   Sunday, April 5, 2009
Just hope he isn't going to the glue factory.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, April 5, 2009
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