Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Overwhelming Positivity

By Michael Haas

Carlos Gomez. Livon Hernandez. Delmon Young.

Two weeks ago, these players could be differently described as question marks, liabilities, bad signings and rough talent. For at least one day, these guys were saviors. Hell, even Mike Lamb and Brendan Harris looked good.

Carlos Gomez is on pace to steal 324 bases. Delmon Young is averaging .500. Nobody has hit .400 since 1941. Look out Ted Williams.

It was a very fun game, with an announced crowd of 49,596, apparently the largest to see a regular season game in 15 years. It was miserable outside, but it was cozy in our dome. Torii Hunter recieved a warm ovation at the beginning of the game, and then went 0-4. Livon went 7 innings, and Neshek came on for the 8th and Nathan for the 9th. It was beautiful.

We had to get there early so we could get halfway decent seats. Us riff raff don't have fancy things like 'reserved seating'
They also debuted a countdown guy out in left field, indicating the number of games left at the dome. It was kind've odd today, since it was about 30 degrees outside, with brutal wind and wet snow. And just for the record: I'm glad the new ballpark does not have a roof.

The boys. We were the ones who ousted some drunk wanna be wave starter from section 205. That's a nice Second Annual Opening Day Mustache if I don't sayin so myself, and I don't.
I hate the wave. Especially in the 4th inning. Especially when the Twins are at bat and there are guys on first and third. And especially when it's attempted to be started by some wasted 20-year-old who's pants are falling down. But I love yelling insults at them. They can't do anything about it, and they deserve every second of it. Going to games with less than 25,000 people is ideal - room to stretch out, and not as many drunks.

That's a really bad picture of Carlos Gomez after the game. For some reason, he and some other guys went out and shagged flies for a while. Probably to get adjusted to our roof, but it was an odd site.

Tomorrow it's Boof versus Jon Garland. Myself and a few AH contributors will be watching the Dodgers play the Giants tomorrow night, but we'll be at the dome in spirit.


tfrezac2002 said...

Can you say 162-0?
Can you say Carloz Gomez ROY?
Can you say Levon Hernandez Cy Young?
Can you say Delmon Young MVP?
Can you say Brendon Harris World Series MVP?
I think its safe to start counting the accolades now.

Daymonster said...

On ESPNs page 2 they have a 100 story lines for MLB this year. The twins were mentioned twice. One was about Neshek (along with fielder) going vegan. And the other was this:

88. Bad Idea Jeans: Hey, I know, let's dump the best pitcher in baseball for 52 cents on the dollar, then throw a four-year, $47 million contract at a 33-year-old closer, even though we have a half-dozen really good, cheap relievers who can do the job and we have a limited payroll because we're run by the cheapest billionaire in the world.

Jim H. said...

I hope you'll be blogging from sunny Southern California. It will be strange seeing Joe Torre in a Dodger uniform.

Prediction: Hunter will hit two home runs during the Angels' first home series.

soup said...

while we are making predictions I thought I would throw up my mlb predictions for the official blogosphere record:

1. dodgers
2. rockies
3. d-backs
4. padres
5. giants

1. reds
2. brewers
3. cubs
4. astros
5. cardinals
6. pirates

1. mets
2. phillies
3. braves
4. nationals
5. marlins

dodgers beat brewers. mets beat reds. mets beat dodgers

1. angels
2. mariners
3. oakland
4. rangers

1. indians
2. tigers
3. twins
4. white sox
5. royals

1. red sox
2. yankees
3. rays
4. blue jays
5. orioles

indians beat angels. red sox beat tigers. indians beat red sox.

mets beat indians.

TwinsWin83 said...

That is a solid stache' Mike.

I too am happy there will not be a roof on the new ballpark. The new ballparks with retractable roofs tend to feel less like a baseball stadium and more like a giant industrial monstrosity where people care more about what is going on around the ballpark then whats going on on the field.

Predictions I guess.

NL West
1. D-Backs
2. Dodgers
3. Padres
4. Rockies
5. Giants

NL Central
1. Cubs
2. Brewers
3. Reds
4. Cards
5. Pirates
6. Astros

NL East
1. Mets
2. Braves
3. Phils
4. Nats
5. Marlins

Mets beat Dodgers/ D-Backs beat Cubs/ D-Backs beat Mets

AL West
1. M's
2. Angels
3. Rangers
4. A's

AL Central
1. Indians
2. Twins
3. Tigers
4. Royals
5. White Sox

AL East
1. Red Sox
2. Yankees
2. Rays
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

Indians beat Yankees/ Red Sox beat M's/ Indians beat Red Sox

Indians beat D-Backs

haasertime said...

I like that Bad Idea Jeans story line. I don't care if it's ripping us, it's kinda funny.

Hunter will be trying too hard, and when he tries too hard he stinks.

The Reds, soup? really?

soup said...

another prediction:

CC Sabathia will set the record for hit batsmen (37 will be Carlos Gomez who will have 14 bunt singles against sabathia). Sabathia will also continue to hold the record of "largest uniform."

Edison Volquez, Haas, Edison Volquez.

bizmarkie507 said...

Isn't it spelled Livan?

bizmarkie507 said...

anyways, Arizona is going to lose to the Indians in the world series. Screw the Mets.

TwinsWin83 said...

thats what Im sayin wutur.

haasertime said...

yes, how else would it be spelled? haha.

Daymonster said...

technically I think it's Liván

bizmarkie507 said...

touch`e (I lose for not knowing how to make the squiggly line go directly over the letter)

Daymonster said...

copy and paste, wuters... copy and paste

bizmarkie507 said...

how do you do that?

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