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Orange Balloons, Green Grass: It’s Opening Day in Baltimore

If I can be deafeningly obvious for a moment, let me just say that I love Opening Day in Baltimore. The huge crowd, the chill in the air, the feeling of imminent possibility, the tacky orange carpet, the bunting, the deep green and brown of the infield after a long gray winter. I feel like I can get swallowed up in it, and I want to; it’s the one day of the year that it isn’t hard to look at Camden Yards and remember Cal and Mike and Brady and Chris and Davey. It doesn’t hurt that the Yard looks as good as new after its offseason facelift, and it doesn’t hurt that this team has more talent than any other in recent memory.

Brad Bergesen finally makes his return to the mound in Baltimore after initially being listed as “day-to-day” on July 30 of last year. Bergesen of course was beginning to look like a serious Rookie of the Year consideration with his 132 ERA+ in 19 starts, but it wasn’t to be. Can he repeat that success in Year Two? It all comes down to his control and his two-seamer, and to this point in his professional career he has always had both of those things working for him. I will say this though: it’s a fine line to walk, relying so heavily on your defense and pinpoint accuracy – and Bergesen’s Spring Training was less than encouraging in that regard. He walked a lot of batters and didn’t keep the ball on the ground. But as we all know, none of that matters now.

The Toronto Blue Jays picked up a couple of wins in Texas behind a couple of hot bats in Vernon Wells and Adam Lind. Wells has been written off by a huge majority of the baseball world, so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s on his way back or was simply enjoying the cozy Ballpark in Arlington. Lind is a beast of player, coming off a career year and trending upwards.

Pitching for the Fightin’ BJs is Brandon Morrow, acquired from Seattle over the winter, who hails from the AJ Burnett School of Power Pitching: lots of walks, lots of Ks. I’ll look to the more patient hitters like Roberts, Wieters, Scott, and Markakis to lead the offensive charge today.

I won’t be there, but if any of you are going know this: I’m insanely jealous. Happy Opening Day.

22 comments to Orange Balloons, Green Grass: It’s Opening Day in Baltimore

  • dan the man

    Wasn’t able to get down to the game today, but I’m catching some of the broadcast.

    My first thoughts on Mike Flanagan (I don’t remember too much of when he last did broadcasting) are that he either lost the NE accent at some point, or he’s trying really hard to not sound like a Bostonian. Hehe

  • Andrew

    It’s pretty weird to hear Flanagan again. It’s like retro, dude.

    Bergesen putting himself in a jam with the walk there. Double play ball from Wells?

  • dan the man

    Yikes, bases loaded. C’mon Bergy..

  • dan the man

    Man, it seems like the Rays and Jays are just waiting our pitchers out like crazy. Bergesen has made some nice pitches, the hitters just aren’t biting.

  • Andrew

    3E1N does not look as crisp as he did last year. Any idea what his layoff is right now?

  • dan the man

    Well, this isn’t going well.

  • Andrew

    Damn! Jones HAD that but couldn’t keep it! Come on Bergesen, use the ground ball pitch damn it

  • dan the man

    Izzy says no, thank you.

  • dan the man

    Ha! First pitch stealing. Roberts is so fun to watch sometimes.

  • Andrew

    Roberts = patient

    Jones = not so much

    /still love him though

  • Andrew

    I’m having Cabrera flashbacks…giving me the shakes

  • dan the man

    @ Andrew:
    Yeah, except the Cabrera that still threw heat. That had to hurt.

  • dan the man

    Let’s go Miggles, give ‘em something to welcome you back.

  • Andrew

    this is going to be a long-ass game, isn’t it?

  • dan the man

    Classic Miggles.

  • dan the man

    Is it really pronounced mor-ROW like Flanny is calling him? I always thought it was MOR-row.

  • dan the man

    Don’t like to see Roberts get taken out of the game. Lugo sucks, man. I’d rather see Wigginton’s bat until the late innings.

  • Tom├ís

    MIGGGGGGGGGGGGYYYYYYYYY!!!

  • sci

    Gonzalez is a joke right now.

  • dan the man

    @ sci:
    A straight up joke… unbelievable. Anybody’s guess as to how long they stick with him, but it can’t be too much longer. O’s fans raining down boos on him on Opening Day. Should be 3-1 right now, Trembley’s job on the line.

  • Larry

    I don’t know who is pitching in that MLB video Dan posted earlier, but it doesn’t resemble the guy named Mike Gonzalez who pitches for the O’s. Jeez, could a high-priced closer get off to a worse start? It’s not just that he’s blown two saves, but he looks out of control out there. I know it’s only four games into the season and we’re paying the guy $12 million, but a game or two with nothing on the line might be a good idea.

  • Andrew

    Yeah, your team plays 8 strong innings three nights and one guy tries to fuck the entire thing up. This is a problem.

    They’ll stick with him, but if we get to May 1 like this, he’ll be pushed (probably for Koji or JJ). And meanwhile we have this killer month that just looks a lot worse with that kind of closer.