The show finally arrived. And in all it’s glory gave us the excitement, surprises and storylines we were all waiting for.
So far in 2011 the Red Sox haven’t woken up, Texiera is starting off fast, Baltimore leads the AL East and Manny decided to walk away from the game.
That’s just one division.
The Reds are looking like The Big Red Machine 2.0, Lincecum and Halladay are in their regular form, Car Go is showing last year was no fluke, Kemp is back reminding SoCal it should be called Kempwood, not Mannywood.
Franklin, Rodney, Axford, Paplebon and the A’s Bailey relievers are reminding us no matter how good a closer you were it’s a new season and it’s a volatlie position.
Cruz goes long in his first four straight. the Brew Crew – thanks to Edison Volquez – start the 2011 campaign off with back to back jacks, first time since 1969. Comming out of spring training Jake Fox reminds us the unwritten rules are still in effect. Anyone seen Jason Donald in the bigs lately?
Big Papi is scorching out of the gate.
Jamie Garcia pitches a complete game shutout in his first start. But really who could blame Tony for the call to stick with his dominant starter when his bullpen is a mess.
Pujols hit into three double plays in a single game. Never been done before, probably won’t ever happen again.
The Phillies are showing everyone their bats are not too old and to go along with thier stellar rotation, even without Mr. Utley. When he is able to come back that lineup and lineup depth is just scary good.
Florida has once again shown the entire league how to bring up prospects from their system. Sanchez, Stanton, Morrison have the makings for a very powerful 3-4-5 for a long time. Oh and you have to fit Hanely in there too. Make that 2-3-4-5 or 3-4-5-6 that will be raking for many many years to come.
Bryce Harpers debut in pro ball didn’t dissapoint. He even laid down a situation read bunt single to help his team win. This kid is saying and doing all the right things that should make anyone believe he not only has the tools but he knows what should be the most imporant thing to baseball players – your there to win. I’m sure in no time we’ll be learning how he’s a skip’s dream player. Willing and able to do it all. So much more than a long ball hitter. Get ready Washington. Your scouts are making the right picks at the top. The curley W’s are on the turnaround. I think we all can appreciate that.
The Giants welcome their home fans with some gold and dramatics. Thanks to the St Lou bullpen and some poor basket catching by Colby Rasmus the Giants keep the parade going in the Bay city to start 2011.
Alex Gordon and the KC Royals band are playing some good early ball.
I was really hoping to watch the Rays’ – Red Sox series this year. Now with Manny retired it got a little less interesting. It should still be good between two bottom feeders. We all know the distaste for each other. The storied past between these two teams. Now Damon’s a Ray and Crawford is a Red Sox. Should guarantee some fireworks. Even without Manny it will be armaggedon.
Sunday wraps the opening week tonight with the Yanks / Sox from Fenway. Should be a great way to end the week and get ready for week 2. As the regular Joe says in the Majestic BP jersey ad, Rip It!