Open Thread: Opening Day


The Yankees are off today, but there’s still plenty of baseball action going on. The Marlins visit the Mets with first pitch scheduled for 1pm ET (SNY), plus you’ve got the Cardinals-Reds (1pm ET, ESPN), Indians-White Sox (2pm ET, ESPN2), Cubs-Braves (4pm ET, ESPN), Giants-Astros (7pm ET, ESPN2), and Twins-Angels (10pm ET, ESPN2). Also, the Extra Innings free preview starts today and runs through Sunday, so you’ll be able to watch any game your heart desires. The late games with Vin Scully are always a treat.

If you want, go ahead and use this as an open thread to talk about any of today’s games. Enjoy.

Categories : Asides, Open Thread


  1. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Does anyone get the extra innings package in HD? I know that Central Florida Bright House does not offer it.

  2. Stryker says:

    obama may be a sports guy, but damn his throw was wayyyyyy off hahaha

  3. haha Obama put on a ChiSox hat right before he threw the first pitch at the Natinals game.

  4. bexarama says:

    Interesting reception for some of the Mets at Citi…

  5. H.W. Plainview says:

    Wordekemper is back with the Thunder. Great move. He can really mow down those hitters this year and then we can package his EL ERA+ of 103 with Vecchionacci and then Adrian Gonzalez will be our new DH!

  6. Drew says:

    Dammit Harang.
    Middle of plate = bad

  7. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    That didn’t take long for Albert.

  8. Jake H says:

    I love Mike Jacobs as the cleanup hitter for the Mets.

  9. Alex S says:

    hopefully JJ shuts down the Mets tdy

  10. ultimate913 says:

    omg. Is Alex-freaking-Cora leading off?

  11. Drew says:

    The Mets hit a homer in Citi! You just can’t predict baseball!

    • bexarama says:

      DAVID WRIGHT hit a homer in Citi!

      Funnily enough, didn’t he do the same thing last year? First at-bat at Citi, HR?

  12. William says:

    The Mets hit a homer, Joba Chamberlain gave up a run in relief, and Castillo didn’t completely fuck up. What has the world come to?

  13. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Beckett deal is complete. 4 more years of getting pwned by the Yankees.

  14. A.D. says:

    Dominating RAB fantasy so far, 5-1….boo ya

  15. bexarama says:

    the Nats scored off of Halladay in the first inning!!!!

  16. Manimal says:

    Nats actually look like a fully functional baseball team…

  17. Alex S says:

    Joey Votto will have a monster season

  18. Johan can’t get the RBI. He’s clearly no Mo w/the bases loaded.

  19. Harang fail. Why would you throw over?

  20. AJ says:

    Wow, Garrett Jones with two home runs. Damnit, he should be on my fantasy team..

  21. bexarama says:

    Willie Harris… what the hell was that

  22. Alex S says:

    2 hr’s for Pujols

  23. Drew says:

    Aside from quality baseball, SNY has a really good broadcast.

  24. bexarama says:

    Nationals announcers making conspiracy theories/payroll jokes about the Yankees winning the World Series, cool story bro

  25. Heh.


    Announcer names half the Phils team, then says “…they’re just guys who love to play the game.”

    Are they…a team of ballplayers??

  26. jive says:

    For the Star Wars geeks like myself, my Granderson HR call would be, “Cloud City for Grando Calrissian”!

  27. Heh.

    Nats making Adam Dunn flog tickets.


  28. bexarama says:

    Nationals announcers just got sooooooo confused

    “If they face a tough right hander like Happ – errr, a tough left hander like Kendrick – ummm, I mean, you know…”

  29. Alex S says:

    wow Buehrle just made an awesome scoop to first through his legs and konerko caught it with 1 hand

  30. Adam Dunn with the nice stretch!

    Wait, Rollins was safe?

    And Dunn is incapable of stretching off first?



  31. Steve H says:

    I really thought starting Vincente Padilla on Opening Day would be a good idea. He shouldn’t be started in game days anyway, since he’s probably hungover, but Opening Day? Did Torre just flip a coin?

  32. Wait a minute!

    Was that an Abe Lincoln BOBBLEHEAD???

    On the desk in the Adam Dunn ad?

    ::head explodes::

  33. Steve H says:

    Hmmm. Shawn Marcum……

  34. Drew says:

    Shaun Marcum with the No Hitter through 6.1.

  35. So, I was in the other room, did I hear that right? The Nats’ announcers pronounced the network, MASN, as “mass-in”?

    So why did I hear “Mass-holes” in my head?

    • Drew says:

      I dunno but whenever Michael Kay says “YES” I picture a strange man biting a hooker in the back. So..

      • This is a warning. This is only a warning.

        Your membership in the exclusive Andrew Club may be in jeopardy. Please review your recent actions to determine what the cause of this warning may be, and take steps to correct it.

        That was weird. My brain hurts now.

  36. Ooh, a Brian Bruney sighting!

    This is the perfect place to use him: top of the Ninth, losing, 11-1.

  37. Drew says:

    Rangers commentary:

    Is Feliz the next Pedro or the next Mo?


  38. Heh.

    Nats announcers, discussing Beckett’s extension:

    “He just didn’t look like himself last night.”

    OH YES he did! :-)

  39. I just placed who Bruney reminds me of, with all that facial hair:

    The late Billy Mays, TV pitchman.

    Billy Mays here, for OrangeGlo™”!

  40. bexarama says:

    salami Yadier Molina.

    • bexarama says:

      Austin Jackson flies out, Johnny Damon grounds out. Good thing we got rid of them!!!11!!!!

      /if people reacted to good things like they reacted to bad things’d

      • bexarama says:

        OMG hilarious Royals defense alert

        Greinke has given up a run in his first inning. PANIC!!!!

      • Seriously, though, I think there’s a lot of unspoken pressure on Jackson. While I applaud Leyland for giving the kid responsibility, he could be setting Ajax up to fail. I hope his hot spring carries over, though.

  41. Melky’s batting leadoff for the Braves; good for him. I hope he makes the most of this opportunity.

  42. Soriano grounds out weakly to third on a slider on the outside corner (per Gameday). I am shocked.

  43. Wait, Extra Innings doesn’t give you the post-game?

    Though the mosaic-channel-thingie is kinda cool.

  44. Heyward homers in his first ML PA. Dude’s gonna be a fuckin’ beast.

  45. AndrewYF says:

    So, I have McCann, Escobar and Heyward on my fantasy team. Problem is, I also have Zambrano.

    I really hope Lincecum is good tonight.

  46. Steve H says:

    When I put Cliff Lee on the DL, I was thisclose to picking up Buerhle. Of course I didn’t. Damn.

  47. Steve H says:

    Jason Heyward HR in first AB.

    (Jesus Montero)

  48. bexarama says:

    Marry me Jason Heyward and Mark Buehrle.

  49. AndrewYF says:

    And the Blue Jays start their trip to the bottom of the division.

  50. bexarama says:

    Homer for Yuniesky Betancourt!!!

  51. Zambrano is a fucking train-wreck right now.

  52. AndrewYF says:

    What’s more valuable in fantasy, a pitcher not giving up 8 runs in 1.1 innings, or three of your hitters going a combined 4-4 with 2 HR, 4 R, and 6 RBI over that span?

    I can’t tell if I should be upset or neutral.

  53. dkidd says:

    i’m looking forward to following ajax/damon/melky/matsui/ipk in the box scores this year

    wish matsui wasn’t playing for the angels, makes it hard to root for him

  54. bexarama says:

    umps in midseason form over in the Cubs/Braves game

  55. jimmy says:

    Just finished watching the 8th & 9th on DVR. The Yankees lost again. Ugly 8th for Joba.

  56. AndrewYF says:

    There’s a big fire in the Fens.

    Almost got to Fenway, but the firetrucks have it surrounded.

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