Wide World of Blogs: Home Openers Edition

Sox fans, please use SF’s thread below to worry aloud about Josh Beckett’s imminent blister woes, Adam Stern’s Bubba Crosby imitation, David Riske’s gopheritis, the Sox’s disappointing loss to the Jays on home opening day. This post is here to further set the mood. It’s home opening day for our beloved teams! The season starts now (1010 WINS knows what’s going on)! What are bloggers and expert fans talking about on this momentous day. The 4th installment in the never-ending series reveals:

  • Cliff Corcoran of Bronx Banter provides an in-depth preview of the team the Yankees will be playing the next few days. Sounds like the Royals are at a disadvantage.
  • Cursed to First’s poet-in-residence counts the many ways she loves David Ortiz. It’s unusual for Theo and company to show loyalty to a player, so I understand Beth’s enthusiasm. Next year, will she pen a farewell haiku in honor of Trot Nixon, rightfielder for the L.A. Dodgers?
  • Steve Lombardi of Was Watching attempts to project Big Papi’s performance over the next four years. It’s interesting that he doesn’t list Ortiz’s most obvious comp: Mo Vaughn. As a Yanks fan, I pray that Ortiz does not follow the great former Met’s career path.
  • Red at Surviving Grady talks about the fun of Fenway opening days. As I said before, opening day will not be fun this year for Sox fans. Still, it’s a nice little piece.
  • Work beckons, and I must head out. I’ll be looking at game channel and rooting the Yanks on. Enjoy the baseball.
18 comments… add one
  • I don’t think Vaughn is the right comp. He was of a different body type (that is, fatter) and played the field regularly. Ortiz is sheltered by the DH position and one would hope this will contribute to greater longevity.

    SF April 11, 2006, 11:16 am
  • oh, blah blah blah.

    beth April 11, 2006, 12:52 pm
  • FWIW, Baseball Reference has Mo as Ortiz’s most similar batter through age 29.

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 12:52 pm
  • Beth, was that the haiku to Trot a year early?

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 12:53 pm
  • the fact that your team is sucking wind right now and your sour grapes on the fact that the yanks never landed ortiz are no reason to be a dick, there, nicky.

    beth April 11, 2006, 1:13 pm
  • whoa! Was just having a little fun there, Beth. Sorry if you took it the wrong way. I really didn’t mean any offense. Heck, I linked to your page because I liked the post. Jeez.

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 1:17 pm
  • I kinda read it that way too, Nick. Not trying to pile on, just trying to let you know how it reads.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 1:27 pm
  • I predicted 3-0, yankees after the first inning, and I hit it right on the nose. Kinda like GiaSTEROIDSmbi did.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 1:29 pm
  • Thanks sincerely for the criticism, and sorry, Beth, I really wasn’t trying to be dickish about your post. Again, I’m only linking to things I like, and I guess I was trying to add a little playful dialogue with the post. I can see how it could be viewed otherwise though. me need to learn how to write better like SF or YF.

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 1:31 pm
  • ok, sorry, i totally took it as you making fun of me. you definitely wouldn’t be the first to make fun of my attempts at lyricism–hence why i was defensive. i’m glad you liked the post though–thanks for the explanation.

    beth April 11, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • On big difference between Ortiz and Mo: Mo really only hit either homers or singles. His career-high for doubles was 31, and he typically hit around 26 per season. Compare that with Ortiz’s 41 and 47 over the past two years. Ortiz is quick enough to leg out lots of doubles, even in a small park like Fenway. That means lots of RBI opportunities for Manny and Co.
    Those of us who don’t have their heads buried in the sand know that Ortiz is both slimmer and quicker than Vaughn, and (as mentioned above) he is likely to stay that way since he doesn’t play the field.
    There are definitely similarities between the two, but the differences make a big impact.

    airk April 11, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • I don’t think that the doubles totals mean that Ortiz is quicker than Vaughn. He might be, but its not by much. Ortiz is not very quick. I think it has much more to do with Ortiz being a better hitter. Hitting a double means you made good contact as a hitter. There are cheap singles, but much fewer cheap doubles. Ortiz makes better contact (I’m not saying more contact, I’m saying better) than Mo did, and thats why his doubles totals are better. Hes hitting more balls off the wall and into the gap. Ortiz might be more of a line drive hitter too, though I’m not positive of that. If so that could help explain it as well.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • I hope Beckett isn’t developing a blister after 37 pitches in the first inning.
    At least he got away with only one run scored (walked in).

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • Sox fans being too touchy. Don’t apologize. You can’t write an “Ode to David Ortiz” and then “How do I love…let me count the ways…” and subsequently be offended and prickly when someone writes that you actually said that.

    walein April 11, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • and though I know Nick wasn’t making fun of Beth…frankly, isn’t that the point? You guys love your players dellusionally (word?) and we justifiably fawn over our Yankees.

    walein April 11, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • Mean-spiritedness isn’t the point. And though I know Nick didn’t mean it that way, it read that way, and so he was man enough to say he didn’t mean it that way and apologized. Very cool of him to do.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 2:37 pm
  • How did it come off as “mean spirited?” Cause you might not have Trot Nixon on your team next year? I don’t get it at all. Nick is just way too nice…saying that someone who writes an ode, using the words “I love…” to describe a player, expecially a player on the rival team, is doing that and it’s a bit sappy or silly…is not mean spirited. It would be one thing if David Ortiz had died tragically and Beth was writing about how much a part of her team he was. As it is, he just got a ton more money…and Sox fans should be (and are) happy that he’s sealed up on their team.

    walein April 11, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • dude, the point isn’t what *YOU* think of what i wrote. the point is i misunderstood what nick said / the tone it was meant. the issue–a simple misunderstanding–was resolved before your comment.

    beth April 11, 2006, 6:33 pm

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