Open Thread: Opening Day

Trial By Fire: Chan Ho Park and the 7th inning
Down and away wasn't working for Marte

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.

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Trial By Fire: Chan Ho Park and the 7th inning
Down and away wasn't working for Marte
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

    • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

      I do and it’s awesome. I got it on Direct TV.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      In Manhattan, there appear to be 2 HD channels of Extra Innings.

      I don’t know if this will change when there are more games on.

  • Stryker

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

  • http://thebronxbloggers.wordpress.com The Bronx Blogger

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

  • bexarama

    Interesting reception for some of the Mets at Citi…

  • H.W. Plainview

    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!

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Dammit Harang.
    Middle of plate = bad

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    That didn’t take long for Albert.

    • Alex S

      my fantasy team thanks him

    • bexarama

      did he hit a HR already? omg. He’s not real.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      /A-Rod-2009’d

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

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

  • Alex S

    hopefully JJ shuts down the Mets tdy

  • ultimate913

    omg. Is Alex-freaking-Cora leading off?

    • Stryker

      yes.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

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

    • bexarama

      DAVID WRIGHT hit a homer in Citi!

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

  • William

    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?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

  • A.D.

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

  • bexarama

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

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      You can’t predict baseball.

      • H.W. Plainview

        /Sterling’d

  • Alex S
    • Stryker

      Sorry, the page you were looking for could not be found on Yahoo! Sports.

      • Alex S

        damn anyway it was about Sterling’s call of Granderson’s hr last night

  • Manimal

    Nats actually look like a fully functional baseball team…

    • bexarama

      spoke too soon

      • bexarama

        way, way too soon

  • Alex S

    Joey Votto will have a monster season

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

    • bexarama

      I was gonna say, Josh Johnson not looking good at ALL and they let him off the hook to some extent.

      Castillo just made a one-handed grab on a pop-up. He’s still doing that?

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Maybe he’s practicing for the Yankees interleague series?

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      But then…who is? :-)

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Harang fail. Why would you throw over?

  • AJ

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

    • A.D.

      Please have him not be a 1 year wonder.

  • bexarama

    Willie Harris… what the hell was that

    • bexarama

      also lol Halladay hitting

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Colby Rasmus!

    • Alex S

      that was a great catch

  • Alex S

    2 hr’s for Pujols

    • H.W. Plainview

      Albert Pujols isn’t a human being.

      • WIlliam

        He’s helping kick ass in my brother’s fantasy league.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

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

    • bexarama

      I completely agree.

  • bexarama

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

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      I liked the line about how the Yanks “got what they paid for” with CC, AJ and Pettitte…NOT.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        “NOT”, of course, signifying that I didn’t like the line, not that the Yanks’ starters didn’t…

        um…

        …nevermind.

        Nothing to see here, folks! Move along!

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Heh.

    Phillies/Nats:

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

    Are they…a team of ballplayers??

    • bexarama

      they just declared Polanco worth the money the Phillies are paying him because of that grand slam. The Nats announcers, I mean.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        He’s just a ballplayer, right?

        Feh.

        By their logic, Jeter must be worthless, since he’s only had 1 grand-slam.

        Nats broadcasters FAIL. Then again, they seem to be full of FAIL today.

        Therefore:
        Nats = FAIL.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Oy. “Now fans in the States will get to see Halladay.”

        There is ONE team in Canada. ONE. PLENTY of Americans have seen Halladay, since the Jays don’t play THEMSELVES. And they play half their games in the States.

        Add another Nats broadcasters FAIL.

        • bexarama

          this made me laugh really hard. I was coming here to say that, but you already said it. Woo. :D

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            Great minds…

            Even if one has smallish hands. ;-)

  • jive

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

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Heh.

    Nats making Adam Dunn flog tickets.

    /Pirates-pre-season’d

  • bexarama

    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…”

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Yep. I nearly breathed in the pretzels I was eating.

  • Alex S

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

    • bexarama

      Buehrle <3333

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Adam Dunn with the nice stretch!

    Wait, Rollins was safe?

    And Dunn is incapable of stretching off first?

    Nevermind.

    /Emily-Litella’d

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    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?

    • bexarama

      I am laughing so hard at this comment for some reason. Seriously, did Kershaw or Billingsley accidentally set Torre’s underwear on fire or something?

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Must be someone Torre wants hit with a pitch.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Or they put itching powder in Torre’s green tea…

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Wait a minute!

    Was that an Abe Lincoln BOBBLEHEAD???

    On the desk in the Adam Dunn ad?

    ::head explodes::

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Hmmm. Shawn Marcum……

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Shaun Marcum with the No Hitter through 6.1.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      <— Successful jinx. Take that Michael Kay!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      You did it….

    • bexarama

      Vladdy singles. =P

      • bexarama

        and now it’s 3-3.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          Feh. The Nats announcers are much more entertaining. See below.

          • bexarama

            I really like the Texas announcers, they’re hilarious

            • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

              Will take your recommendation another time. Have to go out.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    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?

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

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

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        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.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Ooh, a Brian Bruney sighting!

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

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      WOW, that’s a lot of facial hair.

      Thank Mo for the Yanks’ rule!

      I might not have been able to keep down 50-or-so dinners last year if I had to look at THAT…

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      And…he promptly walks the leadoff hitter.

      Seems strangely familiar somehow.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Rangers commentary:

    Is Feliz the next Pedro or the next Mo?

    FAIL

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      More like the next Johan.

      If he’s lucky.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Heh.

    Nats announcers, discussing Beckett’s extension:

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

    OH YES he did! :-)

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

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

    The late Billy Mays, TV pitchman.

    Billy Mays here, for OrangeGlo™”!

  • bexarama

    salami Yadier Molina.

    • bexarama

      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

        OMG hilarious Royals defense alert

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

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        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.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And he works a walk. Good job, Melk. Like IPK, I think he has the potential to really do well in the NL.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        And scores…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Shocked, I tell you.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

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

    Though the mosaic-channel-thingie is kinda cool.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

    • Mikebk

      they were chanting his name before he even hit it and it crushed to rf.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Incredible. Is it crazy that I’m not surprised in the least that he hit one out?

        • bexarama

          I’m not either. This kid rules.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

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

    I really hope Lincecum is good tonight.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Jason Heyward HR in first AB.

    (Jesus Montero)

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I liked this post better when I made it above.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Your post is completely invalid. If you mention Jason Heyward without mentioning Jesus Montero, you’re word is useless.

        Sincerely,

        mryankee

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Oh to be an RAB meme.

  • bexarama

    Marry me Jason Heyward and Mark Buehrle.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

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

  • bexarama

    Homer for Yuniesky Betancourt!!!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      The Yuni-Bomber!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Did he complete his trip around the bases? Or did he stop at 2nd and settle for a double?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Zambrano is a fucking train-wreck right now.

    • bexarama

      I was told he could throw 140 pitches.

      /jake? was that that guy’s name?’d

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I wonder if he can switch hit.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Derek Lowe: not much better.

      • bexarama

        I remember when, prior to 2009, the negotiations with Pettitte were going poorly and people wanted to just give up on Andy and sign Lowe. Mosanna in the highest that this did not come true.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, I didn’t want Lowe at all.

          • bexarama

            Ditto. And if he didn’t retire, I really wanted Andy.

            (Not like that.)

            (Well, like that too.)

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    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.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      H2H-Upset, you’re ERA and WHIP won’t recover all week.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That’s two “your” errors in your last two posts in this thread. Kindly DFA yourself.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          You’re a dick :)

          How’s that?

  • dkidd

    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

  • bexarama

    umps in midseason form over in the Cubs/Braves game

  • jimmy

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

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    There’s a big fire in the Fens.

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

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Too bad…

      I keed, I keed!