It’s Home Opener Time

This was a decent weekend for baseball, win and loss wise.  After the Rays beat the Yankees in spite of some questionable umpiring (which eventually worked both ways) on Saturday, they dropped two in a row to the Yankees to drop to 3-3.  (And the Braves beat the Mets two straight times, including John Smoltz over Johan Santana.)  One Rays loss was just a lack of run support–a 2-0 James Shields loss–and the other was a 6-1 beatdown.  Those were at the hands of the Yankees’ ace pitchers, and speaking of hated ace pitchers, Erik Bedard is slated to start tonight for the Seattle Mariners against the Rays.  Of course, Bedard used to pitch for the Orioles, and owned the Rays during that timespan.  Lifetime batting averages against Bedard:

Carlos Pena: .143
B.J. Upton: .182
Jonny Gomes: .190
Jason Bartlett: .200
Carl Crawford: .265

In limited action, Akinori Iwamura and Eric Hinske have both hit .333 against him, which at least gives us a chance of doing something right.  That and the fact that it is the home opener at Tropicana Field, which will host a large crowd that includes the one and only…me.  I’ll be there tonight in Section 125 off of shallow left field, cheering on the Rays to no end and looking to see tens of thousands of others doing the same.  Some others, such as Cowbell Kid and my “photographer” from FanFest, will be attending as well in support of the Rays.  We’re at .500 right now, so let’s make this the low point of the season.  Tonight would be a huge confidence booster to beat an ace and an old nemesis at home and get the ball rolling.  We’ll have Matt Garza on the mound, looking for his first win in a Rays uniform.  There isn’t a much better place to start.  Get there early, and whenever it sells out, get to a TV that shows ION HD.  Whether or not you see the game–which you will–I’ll be here with game notes and pictures in the aftermath.  Tonight and forever, go Rays.


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