Wednesday Afternoon Liveglog Club: April 2009 Archives

MrMet-768288_223183726_std.gifHey WoWers! Man, I missed you guys. It's been six months since I last liveglogged for you, which was during last year's World Series I do believe. I can't remember what I did yesterday though, so don't quote me on that one.

Today's game features New York Mets' ace Johan Santana, who I'm still just a little bit salty towards after he totally abandoned my Twins for the big bucks, facing Josh Johnson and the Florida Marlins, who were super awesome to start the season (11-1) and then went on a 7-game losing streak of suckiness, hurling me from their bandwagon like a limp shrimp. They did, however, beat the Mets 7-4 yesterday.

Game time: T-minus right now. Yay!
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Well, well, well! Since things went so well the last time I liveglogged a game, I figured I'd entertain the troops (e.g., bored office workers) with another liveblog today. The Phillies are mashing the ball this year, but the pitching isn't quite as hot. Brett Myers leads the team with an ERA of 5.04 and the Phils are only 6-7.

The Fightin' Phils go up against the Brewers today, with Cole Hamels taking on Dave Bush (a Philly-area local!). I'll be guiding you through this game until I fall asleep from all the Robitussin I've taken for my cold. It starts at 1:05 p.m.!

12:25: Did youse all read that New Yorker article about Adderall, Provigil, etc.? It was okay, I guess. I just read it now. Yeah, I'm just waiting for the game to start. COSTE RULES!

12:28: What's really awesome is that New Yorker article mentioned Piracetam and fish oil. If it had mentioned DMAE, and it would have given me the win on my Supplements That Get Hyped By Twenty Year Olds On The Internet bingo card.

12:34: Before the Phillies game, Comcast SportsNet has decided to show a half-hour pregame show! Ha ha, just kidding, it's actually an infomercial for something called 10 Minute Trainer. I was kind of hoping for the Shark Steam Mop, but this will do.

12:35: You now have to head after the jump to read my ramblings. COSTE RULES!

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Good Wednesday afternoon, livegloggers! Put away your blazers (but not for too long because we should be having an official liveglog tomorrow) and get out your fancy but modest liveglog commemorative brooch. Go ahead and pin it to your lapel. You are wearing a lapel, yes? If not, then go ahead and pin it to your nipple. Same difference.

Today's games are split into two categories, early and late. The early games are Minnesota @ Boston, Florida @ Pittsburgh, and Oakland @ New York. The late games are Colorado @ Arizona and San Diego @ San Francisco. I will do my best to provide you with a little taste of each game's dish, sort of a smorgasbord of sport, a buffet of baseball, a tasting menu of tater tots.

Here's what we missed in the early games so far:

  • Kurt Suzuki pow-pow-powers up with a three run happy jack, putting the A's up early over CC Sabathia and the Yankees. That's just the fourth homer on the year for Oakland, still lagging behind Aaron Hill on the year. Hideki Matsui and Melky Cabrera's back-to-back solo tots keeps the score tempered at 3-2 in the third.

  • Paul Maholm was pitching three innings of perfect ball over the Marlins before Emilio Bonifacio borkened it up with a single. Wes Helms later doubled in Hanley Ramirez and Ricky Nolasco picked up an RBI but the Pirates still lead 3-2 in the fifth.

  • Boston took a quick 6-1 lead behind two-run ding-dongs from Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell and Nick Green. Just kick the extra point, Red Sox, and Twins starter Scott Baker will really be the Touchdown Maker. The Twins scored because Justin Morneau once again came up with the bases loaded. Lucky punk. This one's in the fifth.

Enough chitter-chat, on with the whiparound liveglog!

2:00PM: Giambi led off the third with a double that bounced in and out of Damon's glove, Holliday lined a single off Cody Ransom's glove, and Jack Cust grounded one back to Sabathia that would easily have been turned for a double play. But Sabathia whipped around, threw to Jeter covering at second, and then Jeter came home to nail Giambi but Jorge Posada was up the baseline covering at first. Giambi scores and the A's are up 4-2.

2:05PM: Adam LaRoche is chilling on second base with a two-out double. The Marlins will now intentionally walk Brandon Moss to get to Andy LaRoche, who was struck out earlier by Nolasco. This is how I know you suck, Andy. Someone just walked Brandon freaking Moss to get to you.

2:10PM: Andy LaRoche makes us all pay, as his double down the third base line drives in Brother Adam. Pirates up 4-2. Yankees have runners on second and third after a Teixeira single and a Posada double.

2:15PM: Robbie Cano dribbles a grounder to second, Mark Ellis fields and just nails Cano at first. Texieira scores and the A's lead is now 4-3. A's bring the infield in with Swisher at the disher. Swish rips a gapper but gets nailed stretching a single into a double. Still, Posada scores and the game is now knotted at 4. I hate it when players make outs on the basepaths. It's like giving away your delicious cupcakes for free and not enjoying their sweet goodness all to yourself. Matsui grounds out to end the inning.

2:20PM: The Marlins are rallying, folks. Hermida walked and Hanley Ramirez laced a single to left. Runners on first and second with none down. Seems as if Sassy Senior Jorge Cantu is out of the lineup today with an ouchie on his hand. Shoulda worked it out in the pool, Jorge! Wes Helms sac-flies Hermida over to third. The Florida announcer drops this gem regarding the Marlins second baseman: "Dan Uggla sprayed balls all over Dolphin Stadium...balls to the wall...." I hope he cleaned up afterwards. Either way, Uggla struck out on a check swing.

2:25PM: Sparse attendance at PNC Park today but blame it mostly on the poor weather, tough economy, and general disinterest in baseball in Pittsburgh before you even think of blaming it on Nate McLouth's body odor problem! Ronnie Paulino drives in a run with a single and Cody Ross follows with an RBI double to tie this one up at 4 runs apiece.

2:30PM: Now the Marlins TV guys are joking around about the Primanti Bros sandwich and they put up a cross-section of the sandwich on the screen. I love all kinds of sandwiches and all sorts of local cuisine but that thing is absolutely disgusting. It tastes like a shitty meatloaf sandwich with soggy fries. It's institutional cuisine. I've eaten better food in kindergarten cafeterias. Recently. Delwyn Young pinch hits for Paul Maholm and picks up a speedy double. Nyjer Morgan drives him in and it's 5-4 Pittsburgh.

2:32PM: Nyjer Morgan advances to second on a poor throw in on his RBI single, steals third and scores on a bad throw by Ronnie Paulino. 6-4 Pirates because Morgan is scrappy. Out in New York, Derek Jeter bombed a solo tater tot to center and the Yanks are up 5-4.

2:35PM: The Sox are rallying in the bottom of the seventh. Two runners on and nobody out after Papi doubled and Youk walked. The Twins are on their third pitcher du jour, some fella named Juan Morillo. I prefer the third soup du jour, the parmesan tomato bisque. FSU alum JD Drew walks to bloat the bases.

2:40PM: Jason Bay works a 3-0 count with his steely patience and then earns hisself an RBI with a bases-loaded walk, Morillo's third straight. Ron Gardenhire hastens down the wind and calls for reliever R.A. Dickey to stem the tide. Boston leads 7-1. There's your extry point, Baker.

2:45PM: Mouthpiece Sports has video of the kitty cat scampering around Wrigley Field from last night's Cubs win. I bet half a million Chicagoans are wringing their hands over superstitious mumbo-jumbo right now, but hey, the Mets had a cat run around and nothing bad has happened to them ever, right? Seventh inning stretch time in Pittsburgh, Pirates still up by deux. Mike Lowell faces Dickey with the bases still loaded...and he laces a single to left. 8-1 Sox and the bases are now reloaded. George Kotteras sac fly, 9-1 Sox.

2:50PM: Adam LaRoche collects another double on a mistake by centerfielder Cameron Maybin. His mistake? Not being awesome enough to reach out, open his glove, and catch a fly ball over his head near the warning track. Carlos Beltran laughs in your general direction, son. Let's head back to Boston where it's 10-1 Red Sox on a Nick Green grounds rule dubble and oops...rain delay? Who saw this coming?

2:55PM: Andy LaRoche is your batter with his blood on second and one down against the new reliever Kiki Calero. Andy flies out to right and moves his brotha over to third base with two outs. Back in NYC, Mark Ellis drives in Jack Cust with a hard-hit single to centerfield. Melky Cabrera's throw is off the mark, Cust scores, and Ellis scoots down to second. 5-5 tie in the Bronx. Back in Pittsburgh, Jack Wilson drives in Adam LaRoche and the Pirates take a 7-4 lead.

3:00PM: Calero retires the Pirates in the seventh and we're headed to the eighth inning. In New York, the A's are calling on their bullpen to relieve 21-year-old Brett Anderson who pitched serviceably today, allowing 5 runs in 5 and 1/3 innings. In Boston, the rain is still coming down, probably right on Liakos' head as he waits outside the TD Banknorth Garden for his GA wristband for the Bruce Springsteen concert tonight. Remember before the Internet existed, when you had to wait on a queue just to buy a concert ticket? John Grabow is the new Pirate pitcher.

3:05PM: Mike Wuertz is the new A's reliever. Melky Cabrera walks but is then gunned down by Kurt Suzuki trying to steal second. Ransom doubles and John Sterling wonders, "what if?" Here's Derek Jeter...he lines a gapper to left, drives in Ransom and slides in safely under the tag at second. That's how you do it, Swisher. Yanks lead 6-5. Back in Pitt, Grabow gives up an infield single to Hanley Ramirez, there are two outs.

3:10PM: Damon picks up a swinging-bunt single as the ball nubs down the baseline and stays fair. A tidy two-out rally for the Pinstriped People. Teixieira lines an RBI single that drives in Jeter and the Yanks take a 7-5 lead. Back at Three Rivers, Grabow strikes out Helms, Uggla, and Paulino to maintain the sweet three-run lead for the Buccos. Ladies and gentlemen, the Pirates pitchers are your delightful surprise of the year. Best starters ERA in the majors and Marlin-puncher John Grabow. Can't beat that combo.

3:15PM: Hayden Penn is the new Marlins pitcher. After striking out Craig Monroe, he walks Nyjer Morgan. In the Bronx, Sabathia starts out the seventh inning with 100 pitches already under his size 58 belt. Bobby Crosby leads off with a single and Sabathia follows that up with a walk. Orlando Cabrera sac bunts the runners over and Girardi gets the kids working in the bullpen.

3:20PM: Giambi grounds out, breaking his bat in the process, and a shard comes up the mound and gets caught in Sabathia's gravitational pull. A run scores on the groundout; then Jack Cust Matt Holliday lines a single ove CC's head and the A's tie the game 7-7. Sabathia's day is done.

3:25PM: The Marlins TV folk just put up a friendly infographic about the Pirates, since every baseball 'fan' in Florida is just a dolt. The number one item on the listicle is "The Curse of Francisco Cabrera". Yes, because that is exactly why the Pirates have 17 straight losing seasons. One little Latino. Phil Coke comes on in relief of Sabathia and finally gets that third out of the seventh. Stretch in the Bronx! CC's final line: 6.2 IP, 6 hits, 4 BB, 2 K, 6 ER. Ouch.

3:30PM: Matt Capps comes on to close out the Marlins on this cloudy and cool day in Pittsburgh. Fella only had 26 opportunities to notch a save for the horrid Pirates last year, but did fairly well for himself. This is already his fifth opportunity of 2009, putting him on pace to double his chances, double his fun. Cody Ross leads off the inning with a single. The Marlins will need a bit more though, still down three runs. Cameron Maybin strikes out on a check swing; Capps needed just three breaking balls to put down the young leadoff hitter.

3:35PM: Ross G. Load is the Marlins pinch hitter for pitcher Hayden Penn. Capps gets ahead of Gload 0-2 before retiring the pinchie on a lazy fly ball to center. Emilio Bonifacio, you are the Marlins fans final hope. Hey, a Pirates fan has used good forward thinking and brought his broom to the park! Good thing, because Bonifacio just flew out to end the game and the fish have been reduced to a pile of ashes. Pirates win 7-4.

3:36PM: Back to the Bronx where the Yankees are threatening Russ Springer. Not with violence, that's not the Yankee way. No, they'd rather rally off the reliever and shame him with some of that psychological abuse that will cost thousands of dollars in therapy to fix in the future. Cano singled, Swisher walked, and Matsui popped one to right that dropped between Mark Ellis and Jack Cust. Base loaded, none down.

3:40PM: Melky Cabrera falls behind 0-2 and strikes out. That was ineffective, at best. Cody Ransom meanders back to the dugout from the on-deck circle in favor of pinch-hitter Brett Gardner. That's how you know the Yanks have a crappy bench now with Nady and A-Rod out. Brett Gardner is your go-to pinch hitter. The Yanks will look to avoid the double play, though, and Gardner is faster than Marion Jones on stanzolol and 5-hour Energy Drank.

3:41PM: Well, at least he didn't ground into a double play. But Gardner did pop out in the infield. Now two down with the bases still loaded.

3:45PM: Springer falls behind 2-0 to Jeter but Jeter pops out to end the inning. Poop. They're underway in Arizona where Ryan Spilborghs is on second after a single off Dan Haren and a groundout by Jeff Baker the Groundout Maker.

3:50PM: Helton grounds out to first and Spilborghs scampers down to third. Haren escapes unscathed by getting Garrett Atkins to line out to second. We are also underway in San Francisco...hey! It's Jon Miller! Also, Barry Zito on the mound, which should provide us with some laffs. Number 75 gets Scott Hairston and David Eckstein to ground out, and a miserably hitting Brian Giles to fly out for an easy 1-2-3 inning.

3:55PM: Jonathan Albaladejo is the new Yankee reliever. Kurt Suzuki singles, Mark Ellis sac-bunts him to second, and someone named Landon Powell grounds out, advancing Suzuki to third. Bobby Crosby strikes out swinging, and the game moves to the bottom of the eighth, still tied at 7.

4:00PM: Andrew Bailey is the new A's reliever. Normally, this would be a good place for "Waking" Joey Devine, but that dude's year is done because of Tommy John Surgery. Johnny Damon leads off with a walk, then Mark Teixeira pops out to shallow left. One down.

4:05PM: The A's and Yankees both have seven runs in this game, but the A's did in on just 7 hits, against the Yanks' 15 hits. The A's have 5 LOB while the Yankees have nine...so far. Posada flies out. Two down. Cano grounds out. Onto the ninth. Still raining in Boston.

4:10PM: Mariano comes in to start the ninth in a tie game, the exact situation he blew a bunch of times last year.

4:15PM: Orlando Cabrera picks up a one-out single. The Westerly games are both scoreless ties in early action. The game in Boston has just been called a final to give the teams some time to get ready for the nightcap, Boston wins 10-1. Mercy is merciful.

4:17PM: Rivera gets Giambi and Holliday on groundouts; the game is headed for the bottom of the ninth.

4:20PM: A's closer Brad Ziegler will face Swisher, Matsui, and Cabrera in the bottom of the ninth. I'm sure the jamooks in right field are falling all over themselves imagining a walkoff home run from their hero, the bedraggled Nick Swisher. Get over it, jamooks. It's not gonna happen.

4:21PM: Swisher does draw the walk though.

4:22PM: And Matsui erases him with a GIDP. Giddyup! Not.

4:23PM: Melky strikes out and this game is headed for extra innings.

4:27PM: This liveglog is over. Thanks for joining me today.

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Why whiparound coverage? Because there are a few afternoon games going on and none of them have the ability to hold my interest today. So let's do our best to chit-chat about what's going down in Detroit, Kansas City, Chicago, and maybe Oakland and Arizona a little later on. Everybody put away your liveglog blazers and take out your hilarious liveglog beanies instead.

2:05PM: Right now I'm checking out the Tigers and the White Sox, where both teams staged rallies that ended up fruitless. The Tigers had runners on second and third and none out, then scored nothing off Jose Contreras. Now batting for Le Tigre is The Big Tilde...and he flies out.

2:09PM: Did you hear that Daisuke Matsuzaka is kinda sorta hurt and might be officially the first casualty of the WBC? All that springtime competitiveness can really put a strain on your arm, creampuff. Plus the fact that Dice-K regularly threw 350 pitches per game in the NPB. Cabrera reached on an error and Guillen flew out.

2:12PM: Miggy C stole second, which I didn't think was possible given his portly corpulence. Gerald Laird flies out to end the 'threat'.

2:17PM: Speaking of creampuffs, it looks like Xavier Nady might need season-ending surgery on his ouchie elbow. This is why you never trade away outfield depth. Or pitching depth for that matter. Konerko reaches with a hit and Pierzynski follows with a hit of his own.

2:20PM: Sexy Lexy Ramirez grounds out to Cabrera, runners advance. Here's feeble-hitting Brian "Don't Call Me Dewayne Wise" Anderson.

2:26PM: Anderson strikes out swinging and Brent Lillibridge gives up baseball in favor of racing for Krispy Kremes.

2:30PM: In other news, the Royals loaded the bases with one out against the Indians in the first but Aaron Laffey got out of trouble without allowing a run. Cleveland Indians fever...catch it!

2:33PM: Royals starter Sidney Ponson is wearing the #42 on his jersey not in memory and honor of Jackie Robinson, but just as a reminder of how thick his thighs are in inches.

2:37PM: Ponson squeezes his way out of a two men on, none men out situation by inducing a GIDP from Ryan "Free" Garko. Later, he will attempt to eat a whole human head a la the Orioles mascot.

2:40PM: Contreras puts two gentlemen on base but Curtis Granderson nearly bails him out by dropping a wormball. Kid beats out the GIDP and Jose still has runners on first and third with two outs.

2:44PM: So, Dice-K is officially headed to Friday's Creampuff column, not only for his tired shoulder but also due to a late night encounter with a wallaby in the mean streets of Oakland. Meanwhile, Polanco lines a double WAY over a shallow Brian Anderson's head and the Tigers go up 2-0.

2:48PM: Maggagglio flies out and the inning is done in Detroit. Out in the racist confines of Wrigley, the Rockies get their first baserunner off Dick Harden as Ian Stewart draws a one-out walk. Tulo beats out an infield single that he lined off Harden's paw.

2:52PM: Number forty-two is up for the Rockies now. I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THIS MAN IS. IS IT JACKIE ROBINSON? HE SHORE LOOKS WHITE. Whoever it is, he walked and the Rox have the bases juiced with one out. C'mon future Cy Young winner Dick Harden!

2:55PM: Dick Harden strikes out another number forty-two, bringing up ex-Cub Jason Marquis, who is received with hearty boos. Wait, I don't get it, Wrigley faithful. He's not black!

2:58PM: Jason Marquis lines a single to center that Fukudome cannot handle, two runs cross the plate for Colorado and Chris Iannetta gets thrown out advancing to third. Wackiness, indeed but the Rockies take a 2-0 lead. Marquis is now 3-for-3 with 3 RBI on the season, and is outperforming David Ortiz. Also, Grady Sizemore got an RBI single in KC and the Indians are up 1-0.

2:59PM: And Miggy Cabrera slamma-jamma'ed a solo tater dong to put the Tigers up 3-0 in the sixth.

3:02PM: Two more Tiger baserunners and Jose Contreras has been shown the door in Deeeeetroit. Unfortunately, the door is rusted over and abandoned like the rest of the city, so Contreras will have to sit on the curb outside until the game is over.

3:05PM: Clayton Richard is the new pitcher for the ChiSox. Josh Anderson lays down a bunt and beats out Richard's little lob throw. In other White Cocks bullpen news, Lance Broadway totally came out of the closet! Yeah, it's true, he's a lefthanded pitcher, not a righthander like we've been led to believe for so long. Bases juiced, one down.

3:06PM: Ramon Santiago lines a single down the left field line, scoring Laird and Inge. Tigers lead 5-0 and they are still rallying, y'all.

3:09PM: Richard induces a pop-out and is then pulled from the game. GO JOIN CONTRERAS ON THE CURB, FRENCHIE.

3:13PM: Mike MacDougal, of the Des Moines MacDougals, is the new White Sox pitcher. Perhaps you remember him as the Royals closer in 2003 and one-time KC representative to the All Star game. Or perhaps you remember the time back at Des Moines Central High when MacDougal fired a snot rocket out his left nostril that landed above the cafeteria door. Either way, he got the ChiSox outta the jam.

3:16PM: Seth Smith takes Harden deep to put the Rox up 3-0. Todd Helton doubles and scores on a Garrett Atkins single and now it's 4-0 Rockies. Harden walks Stewart. This is all going deep into the crapper, Cubbies fans.

3:19PM: Anyone ever poach scallops in olive oil? Me neither. In related news, seven of the eight outs that Harden has gotten today have been by strikeout. Va va va voom! His latest victim was Troy Tulowitzki, who is also delicious poached in olive oil.

3:20PM: With the strikeouts come the walks. Harden walks Ianetta to bloat the bases. But then he K's Barmes to end the inning and he's notched eight strikeouts overall after just three innings of work.

3:25PM: On Saturday July 18, Rascal Flatts is playing Wrigley Field with special guests Vince Gill and Darius Rucker. Wait, do the Tribune Co. folks know that Rucker is black? You couldn't tell from his music, but yeah, Milton Bradley says "watch out".

3:30PM: Back to the D, where it is so cold. Tigers still up 5-0, and they've got The Big Tilde on second after a walk and a wild pitch with none out. BRING IN LANCE BROADWAY, OZZIE!

3:31PM: Miggy Cabrera laces a single up the middle and Magglio chug-a-lugs his way around third to score. Tigers 6-0.

3:32PM: Carlos Guillen continues his hitless day by GIDP'ing. He appears to have a bit of a gimp in his step.

3:33PM: Gerald Laird just laced a ball to right that would have been an easy double had Jermaine Dye not displayed some sick leather and snagged it while running face-first into the wall. That's what they call a WEB GEM.

3:35PM: Hafner doubles, Choo singles, and Ryan Garko picks up the ribbie with a single off Ponson. Indians take a 2-0 lead in the sixth. Francisco pops up.

3:37PM: Hey Indians, this is how I know you stink. You pay Tony Graffanino to play baseball.

3:40PM: Ponson retires Tony G. and we're underway out in Oakland. HYOOGE start for Wakefield, as the entire Red Sox organization is on a steep decline into nightmare territory. Panic! Someone named Brett Anderson is pitching for the A's, but they're not panicking because they never expected much. Anderson gets two groundouts then strikes out Big Papi to end the top of the first.

3:45PM: Back to Detroit, where Brent Lillibridge reached on a walk with two outs and then scampered down to third on two wild pitches by Ryan Perry. Perry strikes out Josh Fields and the game remains 6-0 headed for the bottom of the eighth, y'all. Commenter Jerkwheat says that there is jawing happening after Perry went up-and-in to Fields but no brawl...yet.

3:49PM: In Kansas City, the Royals put a digit in the run column after Coco Crisp walked, Willie Bloomquist singled, both runners advanced on Choo's bad throw, and David DeJesus laid down the sac bunt to drive Crisp in. Indians still up 2-1.

3:52PM: Starter Aaron Laffey gets the hook and Cleveland brings in the imaginatively-named sidearmer Joe Smith. He'll face...number forty two....arrggggggghhhh! Back in Oakland, the Red Sox take a 2-0 lead on a two-run Mike Lowell happy jack.

3:54PM: Out to Arizona where the announcers are idly chit-chatting about Sanford & Son because the D-Backs need to salvage the homestand with a win over the Cards today. Groan. 0-0 in the second. Call the game you doofuses and leave the pop culture references to the livegloggers.

4:00PM: Micah Hoffpower picks up the RBI for the Cubbies and they're down just 4-1 now. The Royals have loaded the bases against Jensen Lewis. The Tigers have tacked on a couple of runs to take a 9-0 lead in the eighth, and the Cardinals went up 1-0 on a Yadier Molina RBI single. What a perfect time to end the liveglog! Thanks for joining us today, y'all.

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Are you as pumped for the first businessperson's special of the year?!?! I know you are. Hi, I'm Dan McQuade, author of Way Back Base Ball (which I occasionally remember to turn in) and I'll be your guide during today's inevitable Phillies loss to the Atlanta Braves.

But don't fret! It's ring day for the Fightin' Phils, and we can be safe in the knowledge that one day, some young player from this team will sell his championship ring like Darren Daulton decided to; hopefully whoever does this (Kyle Kendrick?) down the road will be using the proceeds to finance a book about metaphysics.

Liveglog is after the jump, folks - Rob

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Omigod, y'all, the 2009 season is finally starting! It's Braves versus Phillies, Brett Myers versus Derek Lowe, World Fuckin' Champions versus the team that once ruled the N.L. East with an iron fist, Charlie Fuqua Manuel's doddering old man routine versus Bobby Cox' doddering old redneck routing, Chipper versus Chutley, Walkoff Walk commenter Matt_T versus Walkoff Walk commenter Honeynut Ichiros. I can't even think of any more possible matchups in this game that matter except JUST GIVE ME SOME COMPETITIVE NON-WBC BASEBALL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALMOST SIX MONTHS I'M LOSING MY MIND. Enough chitter-chatter, let's get on with the business that we call glog.

(Photograph courtesy of Flickr user sarowen)

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Hey, kids. I'm hear in the pressbox at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL for my last Spring Training game of 2009, and if the BBWAA has their say, my last ever time in a pressbox. Just kidding. They're nice to me, they think I'm homeless.

Marty Noble is here and he just told a pretty great story about the late Red Foley. Foley is a hero of mine having been both a baseball reporter and a country music star. Nice work if you can get it. When Foley would fly to Florida for Spring Training he would bring a pair of white shoes on the plane, and when the plane took off he'd switch his brown shoes for the white ones and wear them for the entirety of camp. When he got back on the plane to fly back to New York, he'd take off the white shoes for the brown ones. I'm not looking forward to putting my brown shoes back on.

In any case, we got baseball here today. Johan is going for the Mets, so that'll be fun. I'll take you through it. The stack of lineup sheets today had a Mets 1-9 featuring Dykstra, Strawberry, Hernandez and that twerp Gary Carter. I guess they were trying to April Fools us. Follow me post jump for the real lineups and my timestamped impressions of the action.