It's Opening Day; I'm Going to Throw Out the First Hurricane Ike Reference

The Astros hate the Cubs. Everyone who is not a Cubs fan hates Carlos Zambrano. And the Houstons are opening the season at home with the best pitcher in team history on the mound. You'd think that would be enough to activate their adrenal glands. But of course, there's that other business left over from 2008:

After surging back
into the wild-card race with the best record in the National League
after the All-Star break, the Astros saw their season stalled for two
days because of Hurricane Ike. With downtown a mess and most of Houston
without electricity, the Astros were dispatched to Milwaukee to play
two “home games” against the Cubs.

Several in the
pro-Chicago crowd held up signs thanking Ike for shifting the series to
Miller Park. Even worse, Zambrano no-hit the Astros in the first game,
beginning the five-game losing streak that put an end to their
postseason hopes.

Hurricane Ike hangover or not, tonight's matchup, on the road, against a great pitcher, looks like a tough one for the Cubs, who have gone 2-2 in Zambrano's previous Opening Day assignments. But regardless, how much fun is it knowing that in just a few hours, regular season baseball will be back?


Great matchup... the outcome depends on who shows up to pitch for the Cubs: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.

For everyone predicting the Reds to be a contender this year...they're Opening Day lineup

Hairston, D. McDonald (no idea), Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Encarnacion, Hernandez, Gonzalez....

that lineup ain't winning shit....

Well... to be fair, I'd take Votto, Phillips, Bruce, or Encarnacion over Fontenot in my lineup any day.

Tavaras out with the flu.

Harang v. Santana (ouch)

really going out on a ledge there ryno...

I'd take Utley, Uggla or Pedroia over Fontenot too....

I'd be willing to take Bruce for Fukudome...and I love me some Fukkake.

I thought Chris Dickerson would get the LF job he only hit .323 with 2 HR 6 RBI and had 6 SB's (5 cs) to Hairstons .111 spring average.

But what was a i thinking, its Dusty Baker. He has enough young players being thrust on him, he needs his veterans somewhere to show the other guys how the game is played.

Btw nice route on that simple fly ball Hairston. It almost ate you alive, geeeez what shitty manager.

If your going to go with a shitty OFer in LF, atleast go with Johnny Gomes. He has a .879 career OPS against lefties which i think is better than Hairstons .703. Well atleast Hairston is athletic he has that going for him.

Yeah, Gomes has power but a low OBP. That won't do on the new-look Reds. Dusty likes 'em (s)crappy.

Darnell McDonald is a former Corey Patterson type prospect with the Orioles as I recall.

Besides him batting in the most important spot in the order, that lineup is pretty decent. 3 - 8 have all had good ML seasons recently, with the exception of Bruce who will have one this year.

Dusty as their manager = not winning shit

Last I heard Dusty has won a helluva' lot of games.

Zambrano's opening day woes (maybe he'll get himself ejected from the game this year!) vs. his love of dominating the Astros. Ought to be fun.

DeRosa batting 2nd for Indians (imagine that)...hits 4 HR's in his first AB...

alright, just a walk.

Despite what some broadcasters might claim, batting 2nd between Sizemore and Victor Martinez > batting 2nd between Soriano and Derrek Lee. What a wonderful place in the lineup to be. Good for DeRo.

I'd bat Zambrano 5th, but otherwise not a bad lineup.

That lineup sucks.

It's one 'good Fukudome' from being scary isn't it?

what a shitty lineup...

Opening day!

2004 - Grudzielanek 2b, Patterson cf, Sosa rf, Alou lf, Ramirez 3b, Lee 1b, A Gonzalez ss, Barrett c, Wood P

2006 - Pierre cf, Walker 2b, Lee 1b, Ramirez 3b, Jones rf, Barrett c, Murton lf, Cedeno ss, Zambarano P

That lineup is awful!!

Go Cubs.

Fukudome should be hitting 8th. A Japanese player who thrived in a league of junk ballers should be in a position to hit where he'll see similar pitches. Switch TheRiot and Fuk, and I'm fine with the lineup.

(if you'll excuse me I am off to continue beating my dead horse) is complete crap today...

about to make fun of Khalil Greene batting clean-up, he singles in a run.

gives up a HR to Felipe Lopez...

Webb got shelled

4IP, 6H (2HR), 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP 77pitches 42 strikes

Will MLB extra innings be free this week on comcast?

Not surprisingly Cincinnati blacked out the Reds/Mets game in Nashville. They feel like they own the Nashville market (and do because of the draconian MLB TV rules) and since nobody cares about the Reds here no TV station will pick up their broadcasts. In retaliation the Reds black out our metro area.

A great number of Nashville baseball fans despise the Reds because of their heavyhandedness in this respect. It's opening day, break a leg Joey Votto or Jay Bruce!

Make it Jay Bruce, I have a lot invested in Joey Votto

Love me some Nashville. I was up there for the UFC fight last Wednesday/Thursday and had an absolute blast. Better than Memphis in almost every way.

-End o threadjack-

Go Cubs

underestimated Tony Clark...2 HR's today.

Or Rockies' pitchig is right on target.

One more and he's in Tuffy Rhodes class.

Zaun playing catcher for Baltimore looks like Old Man Winters, hopefully Shaggy and Scooby are on the prawl after the game. The could be some doin's a-transpirin'

Vinny from Brooklyn you're on.


Dis Sabathia sucks!!

How do you pay a guy....(fill in the rest)

Funny. Of course, that's not the first time someone from NYC has been paid a lot of money for poor performance.

Morgan with a 2RBI single for PIT, 2-2 Top 7

To quote Mr. Baseball:

"Actual Baseball is actually being played here."

Go Cubs!

Who filled out that lineup card for Houston? Dusty Baker?

Kaz Matsui and Ivan Rodriguez batting 1st and 2nd with their career .331 and .339 OBPs. To be fair, Kaz did break .350 last season. But Rodriguez hasn't even been close to his mediocre career OBP in the past two years.

Cubs looking good. My only critique is they had a chance to run with Soriano-and they hit and ran into a dp. They had a chance to run again with 2 out in the 7th with Theriot on and Soriano up-no go. Whats up Lou? Put the pressure on baby!

I'd say Reed Johnson will play tomorrow and forever...

soriano was 0 for 3 in SB this spring, so it didn't work out well for him early so far.

he did hit 11 xbase hits, though.

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  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 3 hours 7 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 21 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 5 hours 43 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 12 hours 55 min ago view
  • bryant 2nd HR of the night for a 2 run lead in the 10th? sure, why not. awesome.

    crunch 13 hours 23 min ago view
  • gawd...jansen's thrown 5 pitches in the past 5 minutes.

    wild pitch (and a K, boo) with heyward advancing! 1 out, heyward on 3rd.


    crunch 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • leadoff double (heyward!) top of the 9th...RALLY!

    crunch 13 hours 45 min ago view
  • carlos ruiz is still coming up to "in the air tonight" by phil 'are you kidding me' collins in LA.

    many years ago before phil collins it was a soulja boy song.

    dude has odd taste in music. at least it's not yanni...i guess.

    crunch 13 hours 55 min ago view
  • Funniest skybox ever

    jacos 14 hours 35 min ago view
  • that was some joke ass official scoring giving him a double. either way, seager's on 2nd and soler's play in the OF is still sketchy.

    crunch 14 hours 44 min ago view
  • Schwarber is worse right?

    jacos 14 hours 48 min ago view
  • Seager with the two out double *cough* to left field in the bottom of the fourth. If Soler just plays that bunny hop off his nuts, it's a single - certainly no double.

    Eric S 15 hours 5 min ago view
  • rizzo is tired of SD/LA night games...yet another towering one that died on the warning track.

    crunch 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • jacos 15 hours 57 min ago view
  • Monty dropped a two strike curve on AGon

    Holy shit!

    jacos 16 hours 13 min ago view