Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Life Begins Anew

Ah, Spring. Clear skies, sunshine, bird singing, and the start of baseball season.

It doesn't get better than this. Today was just about the perfect Opening Day in San Francisco. Since San Francisco and the Giants will be hosting the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game this July, the Giants started off the season with a pregame introduction of a bunch of former Giants who were All-Stars. Impressive group, which took me back through my formative years with looks at some of my favorite players, many of whom are considerably different shapes and colors than they used to be (notably, rounder and grayer). Wonderful trip down memory lane to start the season.

The Giants' new manager, Bruce Bochy, summed it up nicely:
"There's nothing like Opening Day. This is what you look forward to from the first day of Spring Training. It doesn't matter how long you've been in this game. This is a huge day," manager Bruce Bochy said before suffering a 7-0 defeat.
Oh, right. It could have been better. Nothing quite like a crushing defeat to get a new season underway. On the plus side, other than the fact that no one on the team seemed particularly inclined to hit, and the relief pitching was atrocious, the team played reasonably well.

And tomorrow is another day and another game. One down, 161 to go!

"Play ball!"

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