That is from ESPN’s Power Rankings on the second week of the new season. Rub your eyes all you want, it is real.
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Feels like 2003 all over again…
It is done. 13 consecutive years of playoffs, 240 million dollars spent on salaries in one season, and the New York Yankees will be watching the postseason on the couch. Alex Rodriguez made more money than the entire Florida Marlins team this year, and it did not pay off.
That was Mark Fidrych at the height of his inspirational Rookie of the Year season. He lit a fuse that exploded all over the baseball world, bringing joy to the masses. He gave everyone a call to arms, celebrating his unique kookiness while performing at the top level of his sport. He was a freak, but he was really, really, really good. He quickly became a star.
It did not last. His body could not keep up with his spirit. For one charmed season, a season that will last forever in history, Mark Fidrych showed us the full potential of the individual. Then he was gone.
Keep an eye skinned. Maybe this is the year someone special will pop up to take his place as the coolest baseball player ever, maybe not. We shall see.
Sports and Superheroes. Two great tastes that taste great together. Clicking that link will time travel you back one year, and Nina will be wishing luck to Dontrelle Willis in person, as he rubs my belly.
Then you will fast forward to the present moment, just in time to see the first pitching change of 2008. That would be the yanking of Dice-K after five innings, resulting in a two-run round-tripper by the A’s. Followed by Brandon Moss, getting a shocking start in right for the World Champions, and smacking a ninth-inning game-tying solo shot for his first major league home run. Extra innings in the opener in Japan? What a sweet way to kick things off.
The first game of the year ended with Manny showing why it is sometimes good not to wash your hair, giving the Bosox a two-run lead going into the bottom of the tenth. Papelbon time. The currently crowned king of closers comes out very wobbly. A walk, a strike-out, a double. He would have been in BIG trouble, but Moss comes up bigger, gunning down a greedy Emil Brown at third for the win. Scintillating start to a season. Bravo.
Maybe it’s the lingo that gets me juiced. Maybe it’s the mythological nature of highly skilled humans playing games on a world stage while the rest of us keep track. Maybe it’s the cards.
Whatever it is, I love baseball. Almost as much as I love superheroes. Both of them are alive and kicking today. Happy New Year!