Finally– Opening Day.
Baseball was in the air around the country, including in Washington D.C. Ballpark gates opened, hot dogs sizzled, peanuts heated in their warmers, beer flowed and dreams of a 162-0 season were crushed at Nationals Park as the Nationals dropped the first game of their 2015 campaign 3-1 to the New York Mets.
It is a new season, but it is the same old story for those gnarly Nats who have Atlas-like expectations heaped on their shoulders: lack of situational hitting and lack of hitting period. Not much can be accomplished when you go 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The only who took scoring seriously was Bryce Harper who jacked a solo in the fourth inning (hence why he gets our banner photo taken by Dr. W during ST). He hit his third career OD homerun off Bartolo Colon who in this blog’s opinion looks like the most disgusting looking ballplayer in recent memory. I really think I’d rather make out with Booger from Revenge of the Nerds than Colon. I mean he is named after the large intestine. So sexy. So gross.
Let’s give caca where caca is due though: the Dan Uggla/Ian Desmond losing a routine fly ball schtick late in the game might be uglier. They best get their stank together or Desmond will never make the paper he wants and Uggla might finally fall off the edge of the earth and baseball will never hear from him again.
What can you really say about an Opening Day loss? Do you really care? Yeah, it sucks, but does it really even matter? We have another 161 games to go and honestly, if you think about it and are honest with yourself, the earliest you might legitimately judge a team is only after they play 20 games. In fact, you want to know how to improve the sport of baseball? Forget all this pace-of-play rules garbage and just cut the first 20 games of the season. It is only “extended Spring Training with benefits” if you think about it in a certain way. I’d be all for 20 less games. But that is my opinion– or at least what I tell myself to deal with my disappointment.
Oh, yeah a mountain lion also. Chain a mountain lion to second base. That would make the game a whole lot more exciting, yet challenging.