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The first full day of the baseball season is over.  But, it's a very long season.  It's impossible to draw any conclusions from the first day.

I thought it was ironic that the Yankees won exactly they way you'd expect them to, but the Red Sox lost in an unexpected fashion.  The Yankees had shaky starting pitching, a bullpen that kept in them in the game, and the strong offense to overpower the other team, particularly after their starter was finally knocked out.

The Red Sox starting pitching, which should be their strength, allowed them to get behind.  Their bullpen made matters worse, and their offense never got going.  You'd certainly expect that to be the exception this year.  It's also ironic that the Boston sports talk radio crowd of yahoos was critcizing the Royals signing of Gil Meche and he ended up being the one who silenced the Sox today.

The beauty of baseball is that it's a long season.  It will probably all be different by the next game.

Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand. 
Leo Durocher
US baseball manager (1906 - 1991)


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