I think we're free of the opening days spin cycle. But before we're spared, here's a couple from Tuesday and some notes you won't read much anywhere else. And for good reason.
First, Dick Cheney was booed as he threw out the first pitch at a half-empty stadium in Washington -- such a great baseball town -- and although it looked like he might be packing (it's happened before, and check out that bulging jacket), no one was harmed:
Gorgeous day, 70 degrees with happy, red-capped turnout est at 25k. VPOTUS stepped out onto field dressed in khakis and a Nats bomber jacket to the sound of thunderous boos and catcalls, making Kerry’ welcome at the Dem convention seem downright warm (spotted in the crowd: a t-shirt upon which someone had scrawled, ‘don’t shoot me dick.’)
Meantime, it's opening day in Boston, and not even that outstanding video linked just about everywhere hearkening back to '86 and days spent at the video arcade, Joan Jett playing in the background, can spoil the mood, according to those Soxaholix folks:
|Wily Mo alert!|
Two years ago, watching this would have caused me to go into a Kenny Rogers meets cameraman fit of rage. But now that 2004 is in the bag, I can enjoy the video for the pure entertainment brilliance that it is.
As for the game, a 5-3 Boston win, two observations: 1/With Roy Halladay missing a start because of "forearm strain" -- suitably vague, but on the bright side, amputation is not yet being considered -- I am suddenly feeling a little nervous; and 2/Watching Wily Mo Pena, who already has the greatest name in pro sports, turn a flyball into a homer, adding a "Wily Mo Pena is in the lineup" alert this season, just so you don't miss anything, might be the way to go.