Snow melts. Flowers bloom. Buds appear on trees.
JD Drew mangles a body part. Baseball returns.
It’s days like these, solemn and gray, that can be turned sunny and bright, simply through a whiff of freshly mown grass, the sight of stadia dressed in bunting, or a frozen web-browser caused by heavy traffic at mlb.com. Today, April 2nd, is the first day of the rest of the 2007 baseball season, one that cannot come quickly enough after last year’s tough, disappointing campaign. An offseason filled with drama (was there a more soap operatic non-event than the last 72 hours of the Matsuzaka negtiation window?!) now gives way to a season that we hope gives us even more: a pennant race, a playoff appearance, and, perchance, a run at the World Series. We root only for the Sox to succeed, not for others to fail, though by virtue of our own team’s ultimate success all others will have done so. Today, the "others" are the Kansas City Royals, who face Curt Schilling in an outing that we trust will last longer than 38 pitches.
Consider this your game thread for all things opening day, Red Sox style.