Monday, March 31, 2008

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Day one of the Major League Baseball season is all but complete. Pittsburgh is putting the finishing touches on a win in Atlanta, and the Astros and San Diego are playing in the NL, but otherwise its complete.

THE GOOD: There wasn't a better moment than Kosuke Fukudome's three-run homer at Wrigley to extend the Cubs and Brewers game. Fukudome had a great debut with 3 hits in 3 at-bats and the big bomb off of Eric Gagne. But it was all for nothing in the long run as the Brewers got a run in the tenth on Tony Gwynn's sacrifice fly.

The debut for Joe Torre in Los Angeles went about as perfect as it could have. Torre watched Brad Penny sail along and the Dodgers offense scored three in the first. Jeff Kent hit a homerun as LA beat the rival Giants 5-0.

The Royals may end up being the surprise team of the season. You heard it here first. KC has a lot of young position players and some decent young starters which could have them excited in the heart of America come August. They got a good come from behind win over a lot of folks favorite, Detroit and won it 5-4 in 11. Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and Alex Gordon had a homer that started the rally.

THE BAD: The Phillies pitching staff surrendered 11 runs, including five in the ninth as the Nationals moved to 2-0. Tom Gordon got shelled in the ninth and now sports a 135.00 ERA. Saul Rivera who notched six outs on Sunday night, earned the win for the Nats. Lastings Milledge had a pair of hits including his first homer of the season.

Eric Gagne maybe 1-0 but he looked awful in Chicago. Not only couldn't he close the win out for the Brewers, he looked awful. His pants are about 8 sizes too big, which means they must be like a 48 waist, and a 56 inseam. Then his goggles were fogged, and his beard is a mess. Oh, and did we mention, that Fukudome took him deep. But he got the win.

THE UGLY: The weather cost us two games and there were delays everywhere. It didn't feel like opening day at other places. Still, it is March and they are playing baseball. They even got a game in, in Cleveland where the Indians scored 7 in the second and still had to score three in their last at-bat to beat the White Sox 10-8.

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