All Times Central
6:58 - Welcome to opening night, I'm flanked by my fiancee (Yankees Fan) and our cat (Neutral) as we celebrate Easter with Q'Doba, who needs ham when you have queso dip!
7:01 - We made it to ESPN 2 in time to check out the "Sports Science" segment before the game, glad to know that playing a ball off the monster correctly can save you nine feet. Unless Manny's in left, which even the world's great physicists can't figure out how much he adds or subtracts out there.
7:03 - Pedro in the house! Nice to see the greatest pitcher in Red Sox history come home for opening night. Can he brush back Posada for old times sake?
7:10 - Alright, 1 pitch, 1 out. Plus Beckett looks like he avoided the Sean Kemp lockout diet this offseason, always a good sign.
7:13 - 7 pitch inning, 1, 2, 3 and Cameron chases down a long fly ball. Also a subplot for tonight, these Red Sox are auditioning for 200 of my dollars for the season long package. Not sure if I want to watch a bunch of 2-1 games especially considering they are on almost once a week with basic cable.
7:16 - Adam Schefter reports that McNabb is a Redskin, good move by Washington, here's my thoughts from last week about that whole situation: McNabb's Misfortune
7:22 - CC responds with a 1, 2, 3 inning of his own. I saw CC in a Subway commercial recently, do think he orders the veggie delight or Chicken Bacon Ranch as his favorite 5 dollar footlong?
7:26 - The Yankees are sort of like Duke when March rolls around for me, I haven't followed them in a while but it doesn't take that long to start despising them again.
7:27 - Joe Morgan a big Donovan McNabb fan, plus Johnny Miller just said there hasn't been a threesome together in any other major sport longer than Posada/Jeter/Rivera, obviously he doesn't considering golf to be a major sport because Tiger would shatter their threesome record.
7:29 - Ugh, Posada homer. 1-0 Yanks.
7:31 - Back to back homers, and a Swisher single, not enjoying opening night so far.
7:41 - Could be worse than 2-0, and I am already enjoying Orel Hershiser in the booth, mainly because his presence gives Joe Morgan less chances to speak.
7:47 - 2-1 thanks to Beltre, thought that was going out.
7:49 - They just showed Beltre's 2004 stats, he would be a prime candidate for "Juice or No Juice" as heard on the podcast last summer, I'm going with juice.
7:51 - Nice to know in an ever changing sports landscape you can always count on JD Drew to look at a 3rd strike.
7:59 - A-Rod now 0-2 post Kate Hudson including a double play. Thank you Penny Lane.
8:06 - A-Rod doubles off Cameron on a double play, Cameron was safe, the Umps are still in spring training mode as well.
8:08 - Shockingly this Red Sox/Yankees game is on pace to be under 4 hours.
8:14 - As the news of D'Sean Butler's torn ACL comes across the scroll the lady states she's still uncomfortable over the man love Coach Huggins showed last night.
8:20 - Joe Morgan explains that the reason the Yankees see a lot of pitches is because they foul off a lot of pitches.
8:21 - 3-1 Yanks after an RBI single by Brett Gardner, now Jeter's up...I have an uneasy feeling about this.
8:23 - Jeter bleeds a single up the middle, Beckett looking like early 2008, which means he's prone to hang a breaking ball that could end up on the Mass Pike any pitch now...that is if Nick Johnson wasn't up.
8:26 - Victor Martinez still in Fort Meyers mentally, inexcusable throw to second. 5-1 Yanks heading into the bottom of the 4th. This is what Red Sox fans should be afraid of, not sure they have an offense built to come back. Also that 200 dollars seems likely to stay in my pocket. Unless someone from the MLB is reading this and wants to give it to me for free. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @pintsinthepaint on Twitter!
8:30 - Tie goes to the runner? That's two plays it went to the defender but remember kids, never slide into first. If you don't believe me google "Kenny Lofton 1999 ALDS"
8:37 - My Buddy Joe is the leader in the clubhouse for text of the night: "What are the odds that Joe Morgan knows Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor?" Now that's funny.
8:40 - Very odd weather night here in Chicago, thunderstorming outside after nearing 80 3 of the last 4 days, it's April 4th.
8:41 - JD Drew holds Cano to a 330 foot single, 77 Million well spent Theo!
8:44 - Gotta say the more this McNabb news sits in the more shocked I am they dealt him within the division. This could be Bledsoe to the Bills-ish but Kolb is no Brady and McNabb is better than Drew was.
8:46 - Josh Beckett: 4 2/3, 5 ER. Theo may be rethinking that 4 years, 67 Million dollar offer on the table right now.
8:48 - Who was that guy in the Staples ad? Can't place him but he looks familiar.
8:49 - Words I don't want to hear from Johnny Miller with 2 guys on base: "Scot Schowenweiss looking to revive his Major League Career after being cut by the Brewers this spring"
8:53 - Monster night with the Fantasy NBA Championship on the line in my league. Durant, Zach Randolph and Tim Duncan all put in clinching performances for "The Situation" (my team), ring ceremony on Tuesday.
9:03 - Bottom of the order with three straight singles for the Sox, 5-2 with Ellsbury up, a single here cuts the lead to one. CC appears to be laboring, however he always appears that way.
9:06 - Ellsbury adopts the JD Drew look at a perfect strike three method for tonight's opener. Rally Killed.
9:22 - Is there an official ruling in referring to an individual Boston player as a "Red Sock" or "Red Sox"? This has always bugged me, I always want to say "My favorite all time red sock is Pedro Martinez" without getting accused of knowing nothing.
9:27 - YOOOUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKKKKKK! Stand up triple! 5-4 Yankees.
9:30 - Think Rasheed Wallace gave CC some tips on all you can eat midnight buffets in Boston for after the game tonight?
9:33 - Tie game, two RBIs for Adrian Beltre in his Boston debut so far.
9:40 - Just like that 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Ramon Ramirez not ready for the Yanks' lumber. Think A-Rod brought "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" with him on the team plane to help him get fired up for tonight?
9:44 - 6-5 Yankees, Joe Morgan pontificating about long throws, I'm flirting with the mute button.
9:45 - 7-5 Yankees, the Yanks have a dangerous combo of situational hitters and sluggers 1-9, amazing it only took Cashman about a billion dollars and 10 years to figure that out.
9:50 - There are drawbacks to HDTV, one of them being tight shots of Steven Tyler.
9:53 - Did Joe Morgan write the H & R Block Commercial? "You don't know what you don't know" Glad that's been cleared up.
9:55 - Chan Ho Park and I share a birthday. I think that's about all we have in common.
10:00 - Pedroia blasts the first Red Sox homer of 2010 season, 7-7, bottom 7 and the crowd has been revived. Does Tito hand the 8th over to Bard? Also a lead would be nice.
10:05 - Youk with a double, I am delighted with the Chan Ho Park on the Yankees era thus far.
10:11 - Two passed balls and the Red Sox have their first lead of the night. Youk is also a proud representative of my fantasy baseball team, that's 3 runs for him this evening. I promise this will be the last time I bring up my fantasy team(s).
10:15 - Second straight 3 run inning for Boston, 6 outs away from a monster opening night rally.
10:18 - Daniel Bard had Sox fans giddy last summer but he tended to throw heat straight down the middle of the plate, let's hope he's less prone to the long ball in 2010.
10:21 - How many viewers watching this game on ESPN2 were just reminded that the UConn women's game is on ESPN? I can't imagine there is a market for women's hoops fans that forget about the final four. "Oh damn! I completely forgot about that Women's game I've been meaning to watch all night! Thank god for Steve Berthume!"
10:27 - Bard with a nice inning, and wait a minute...NEIL DIAMOND IS IN THE HOUSE! He's a legend but I cannot think of him without thinking of Will Ferrell's storytellers.
10:41 - Insurance would be nice here considering Papelbon's last appearance ended in playoff failure and wasn't facing a lineup anywhere near as good as the Yankees.
10:48 - Feels like forever ago when I said this game was headed under the 4 hour mark. Come on Pap.
10:52 - 2 up, 2 down.
10:55 - Whoooo hoooo! 1-0, 161 to go. Thanks for following tonight folks and to the MLB/Cable companies that offer is still on the table if you want to give me the season pass for free. Happy Easter everybody.
One of the great things about having the Major League Baseball Network is the fact that they show classic games and events such as past Home Run Derbies. This weekend they showed the 1997 Home Run Derby that featured then Red Sox Rookie Nomar Garciaparra looking quite trim. So in honor of another disgraceful week in baseball with performance enhancing drugs I thought it might be fun to show you some of these pictures to compare and contrast. I’m not accusing these guys below of anything, just pointing out the obvious change in structure. One note, I didn’t include Ortiz or Manny not because I’m a homer but because their bodies haven’t undergone as drastic of transformations as these guys…seriously, look it up. In order of appearance below: Nomar (never been caught or failed a drug test), McGwire (Not here to talk about the past), Bonds (Accused and has denied it), Sosa (On 2003 list), and A-Rod (On 2003 List). Let me know if I’m forgetting anyone obvious and I can add them to this no problem.