Opening Day

“You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” — Joe DiMaggio

It’s here.

I am filled with hope with this team, as every fan from New York to Seattle is right now. Erik Bedard is going to be a beast this season, I just know it. He’s going to build on last season and have an even better one this season. Daniel Cabrera, through the magic of Lasik and another year of maturity, is going to turn that corner and show everyone that his last start of last season against the Yankees is something you’re going to expect. Adam Loewen is going have a good season and cement his status as one of the most promising young pitchers in the game. Jaret Wright and Steve Trachsel will be serviceable, nothing spectacular, but they’ll do the job.

The bullpen will be amongst the best in baseball. Chad Bradford, Danys Baez, Jamie Walker, and Scott Williamson will be a solid and tough bridge to Chris Ray. We won’t have to endure the show of horrors that we did last season.

The line-up will be solid, nothing flashy, but robust. Brian Roberts is finally at 100% and will be in his 2005 form. Melvin Mora will bounce back from a subpar season and have a good year. Nick Markakis will be one of the top young talents in baseball with his keen eye for pitches. Miguel Tejada will be back in shape, better defensively, and with protection in the line-up, better at the plate. Aubery Huff will turn out to be on of the better signings of the offseason. Jay Gibbons will finally be healthy. Ramon Hernandez will be the anchor he was last year. Corey Patterson will have a good year. Jay Payton will prove to be a good signing. Kevin Millar will be all right.

Yes, I’m hopeful and think that if things go right, this could be a good team. This is the day everyone is a pie-eyed optimist about their teams. I think the O’s can have a good year, they’re better than they were last year and it’ll show where it counts the most…the win column.

I won’t be as disgusted as I was last season. Russ Ortiz, Bruce Chen, and Rodrigo Lopez are gone.Tejada’s back in shape and happy. LaTroy Hawkins and the rest of the bullpen has been dispatched. Brandon Fahey is in Norfolk and not being asked to play out of position. Jay Gibbons is healthy.

Yep, it’s finally here. The good times are back. Hot, lazy afternoons with a million ballgames on with nothing to do but sit back in the recliner and enjoy what will be yet another Orioles win.

Welcome back, boys. 

Play ball.

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One Response

  1. Chris Carpenter is going to be a beast too. I cant believe how well he has been doing, his arm seems to be doing well and looks stronger. And we can’t forget about Lincecum, can we? hahaha

    Nice article.

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