The greatest baseball player on the planet speaks softly but carries a big stick. With two simple words he brought smiles to Angels and baseball fans everywhere. The Man is back.
Real baseball is back today. Ahh, Opening Day is finally upon us. Just as giddy as fans are the execs at Fox, who are expecting a tsunami of advertising dollars heading their way. In short, ratings will be up, the world will be watching baseball, and the sport has a shot to add new fans.
Also coming back are bat boys and bat girls. Player input is said to be behind the decision. I’ll take any sign of working together prior to another round of CBA talks.
Not going anywhere is Mookie Betts. The Dodgers forked over $365 million to make him the second best center fielder in the southern California market. Amazing how he was open to an extension the moment he got out of Fenway, right?
Fangraphs does their usual outstanding job of breaking down Betts game and contract.
But enough about our logo stealing neighbors to the north. This is an Angels site and the Angels took the field at home last night for the first time since last September 29th. Wow.
The official site is doing their best to capture preseason optimism and predicts a playoff spot.
Of course a decent chunk of that optimism involves new slugger Anthony Rendon, who confirmed he will miss Opening Day.
From around baseball:
What is really rocky? Plans for Toronto Blue Jays home games. Pittsburgh will not be home for the Jays, leaving them still in search of a place to play.
The best suggestion I’ve seen is Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford. A gorgeous minor league park that is located near all of their AL East opponents, inside the US of A, and won’t be used this year. Hartford’s Mayor has extended an invitaion.
Some people like to watch the world burn. Others like to see cheaters get fastballs to the ribs. Hat tip to losangel for finding a site that tracks when the Astros hitters get what they have coming.
Be safe, be happy, and let’s enjoy Opening Day.