The 2008 Season is Here!

March 25, 2008 at 7:47 am 6 comments

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The 2008 MLB season got started today around 6am EST. The first pitch of the season by Joe Blanton meant that every team got to wipe their slates clean and start all over. Today’s opener was full of surprises, let downs, some of the usual, and it was -dare I say this about baseball- exciting! It was everything I expect out of the upcoming season.

The usual – Nothing new here. The Red Sox won and the A’s lost. Manny Ramirez was driving in runs and glaring at doubles off the wall like they were homers. The A’s drew 7 walks and struck out 10 times. J.D. Drew was hurt. Jack Cust struck out 4 times. Nothing unusual here.

The surprisesBrandon Moss. The kid got a chance to start because J.D. Drew is out of the lineup with an unspecified back problem. Moss doubled in the go-ahead run in the 6th to put the Sox up 3-2. He then homered off of closer Huston Street in the top of the 9th to tie the game at four. The kid did everything for the Sox in this game. Keith Foulke threw in an MLB game for the first time since 2006 and he looked good. He commanded both sides of the plate and threw his pitches for strkes (11 of 17), mixing his change-up and fastball very well.

The let downDavid Ortiz. Ortiz went 0-4 with an intentional walk in the 10th inning. The worst part is that he left 5 men on base! He had the opportunity to knock those 5 guys in and came away without even moving the runners up. Huston Street not only blew the lead in this game but he came away with the loss. He was leaving pitches out over the plate and in the Manny Ramirez at-bat he had him 0-2 and waisted the next pitch with a fastball about 2 feet off the outside corner. He then left a pitch right over the outer-half of the plate. He should’ve thrown a split or slider but went with another fastball away that got too much plate and got pounded.

I expect a lot of each of these in the 2008 season. There should be plenty of usuals (Red Sox), surprises (Rays), and let downs (Yankees). I think the 2008 season will be one that leaves us begging for more and wishing the 2009 season started in November. This season will be the beginning of what will be an exciting future for Major League Baseball and we caught a piece of it with this morning’s opener in Japan.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  March 25, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Welcome back MLB I missed you these past 5 months.. Oh by the way nice article Jonathan.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  March 25, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Thanks! I am so excited the season is under way!

    Reply
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  • 4. John Cloutman  |  March 25, 2008 at 8:43 am

    That was a great game!! I am happy to see that I was not the only person that got up at 6 to watch the game.

    One thing that I would to add. The home plate umpire had a very tight zone today, which in my mind caused Street and Papalbon to throw pitches over the middle instead of throwing to the corners.

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  March 25, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I totally noticed that too. I would even call it a very inconsistent stike zone. Very.

    Reply
  • 6. Charlie Nehl  |  March 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Yay march madness what?

    Hehe.

    Reply

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