Church of Baseball opens for season

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Grand Slam

I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there’s no guilt in baseball, and it’s never boring… which makes it like sex. There’s never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn’t have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I’d never sleep with a player hitting under .250… not unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great glove man up the middle. You see, there’s a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I’ve got a ballplayer alone, I’ll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. ‘Course, a guy’ll listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay. I make them feel confident, and they make me feel safe, and pretty. ‘Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. But bad trades are part of baseball – now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake? It’s a long season and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried ‘em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.

–Courtesy of Bull Durham

Okay, I’m a Christian by nature. But I love this monologue. In a way, opening day for the Church of Baseball is like first day back to school. I’m getting excited for it. My ‘day’* starts off with some donuts from work, and then hearing one of my favorite DJ @mikecasey24 interview Jeff Huson (and I chatted a bit with Mike Casey on twitter for a bit on Rockies.) Slept a bit, so I’d be refreshed to hear the opening game, because there’s nothing like starting a game like being on the right foot. Tweeting the game and talking with a few friends during and after the game is always great. And then there was the win. While I normally don’t do recaps of games, I’ll summarize how I felt during last night’s game with the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good

Anything that made me feel good I’ll make a mention here. Well, Troy Tulowitzki tried to hit the train tracks with his 9th inning homer, the first of the season is a good sign. Dexter Fowler knows how to steal bases, when everyone on twitter was asking him not to should raise some confidence. And then EY, looking like a deer looking at headlights in a critical play, recovered long enough to get home is a good thing. Oh, and I’ll add Helton and Cuddyer had an awesome game. Helton contributed with a run and an RBI in the awesome 3rd, and Cuddyer went 2 for 4 that game, reaching base 1 extra time due to an error.

The bad

Houston committed 4 errors in the game, as if they wanted to give away opening day to Colorado as a present. Also, the back-to-back homers given up by Jeremy Guthrie in the bottom of the 4th made me shake my head. Then there was 3 hits after the 3rd inning, signs of lack of offense at times. Though we are not in the AL, it was puzzling at times whether we really have learned from the lessons last year or not.

The Ugly

The EY in a jam was probably the ugliest moment in the game, since he could have been easily been tagged out, had it not been for a throwing error on the catcher. But I also wonder if Rafael Betancourt learned his closing abilities from another pitcher, Huston Street? I was on needles and pins after the 2nd out, and if he doesn’t watch it, he will be replaced by Rex Brothers, who had a great 8th inning last night.

Moral of the story?

I’ll take the runs any way we can get it, and the same for the wins. The Rockies are an okay team, but there is still room for improvement. Or maybe get some friends over, get drunk and make drunk tweets helps! (If only I could drink. lol)

These people helped contribute to a fun Opening day: @mikecasey24 @townie813 @gorox1983 @edwscott @303wes @Jonmanders @supahfly328 @t3mperedsteele @schmittydiesel @nmradcowboy @mtromero.

Up on deck

I will not be doing recaps except in exceptional cases. I will refer you to Heaven and Helton by Mark Townsend (@Townie813) who has a great review already on deck.

In a moment, I will be posting my review on must-have apps for this baseball season. Then, I will resume my normal Monday/Thursday blog post schedule, starting with my look on Monday’s Opening day, and Thursday’s “a fan’s reaction to attending the first game of the year.”

The Rockies play at Houston tonight at 5:05pm** and also tomorrow at 12:05pm, before coming home to open vs. the San Francisco Giants at 2:10pm. I’ll tweet these times on twitter (@druidlove) each morning as a reminder.

Under Further Review

Not baseball related, but I’d like to say congrats to the Colorado Eagles, for making their first ECHL playoffs, the same year they moved to the ECHL. Unfortunately, losing the series to Stockton hurts. But there’s next year. Also, the Colorado Avalanche are not contending for playoffs. So hockey is done.

Sliding home

Today’s quote comes from Ed (@edwscott): Get a laugh on this:

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