I’m a baseball fan. I love the Mets, first and foremost, but I love watching Major League Baseball. Prior to getting my season tickets, I would camp out on Opening Day and watch as many games as I could. I watch as many games as I can during the season and listen to almost as many on my Sirius-XM radio, particularly Kansas City and Colorado games (not sure how that happened, but it did).
But Opening Day became more than a little devalued to me when MLB decided to move away from having Cincinnati open the season. That was a piece of tradition that I loved and the Sunday night openers don’t have the same impact to me as a result. This year pushed me over the edge: I can’t bring myself to watch the Yankees and Red Sox. They happen to be two of my least favorite teams and I just don’t want to watch. That being said, I can’t avoid the Twitter updates. I’ve been watching the ebb and flow of the game via Twitter and couldn’t help noticing that Terry Francona opted to use Scott Schoeneweis in the fifth and sixth innings.
I think I’ve made my thoughts on Schoeneweis clear here and here, but I’ll say it again: I’m rooting for the guy. It was encouraging to look at the box score and see that he struck out Curtis Granderson (after throwing a wild pitch to start the inning) to end the fifth and record two outs in the sixth. I want him to succeed and that was a crucial debut performance for the Sawx.
Now, I realize that he’s not the most popular ex-Met. As I mentioned in my previous post, our last memory of him was surrendering the game-winning home run in the final game at Shea Stadium. And, as @tippingpitches pointed out, he didn’t endear himself to fans in Milwaukee (again, I’m not even going to try to analyze those comments). That doesn’t change my stance: he was misused and under-appreciated in New York, and never really got a fair chance to shine. Call me stubborn, call me misinformed, but I’m going to root for the guy. His success tonight is the only thing I’m going to take away from the first official ballgame of 2010.
Tomorrow is another story. I can’t wait for the gun to go off. I’m excited about our Mets, and I look forward to following their ups and downs throughout the next six months (and over-analyzing them along the way). It will probably be a long season, but it can’t start soon enough for me.