Opening Night: Open Thread

Sunday, April 01, 2007



So we've got the Mets and Cards tonight to kick off the Baseball Season this evening on ESPN.

This season Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are on the Sunday Night call (as usual)....Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, and Erin Andrew are on Monday Nights, and Wednesday features Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, and Steve Phillips.

Here are some of my favorite spots for baseball info. Most have previews, so flip through them and leave your predictions and thoughts in the comments.

Bugs and Cranks
Baseball Prospectus
Fire Joe Morgan
Sportszilla and the Jabber Jocks
Babes Love Baseball
Joe Sports Fan
Larry Brown Sports
Oriole Post
Thunder Matt's Saloon

Please add any sites I've missed and enjoy the game tonight.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 7:29 PM

21 Comments:

I'll throw Baseball-Reference.com out there from a purely statistical standpoint.

Apr 1, 2007, 3:14:00 PM  

Ah, baseball season -- I know when to get ready because my dad calls to start moaning about the Mets and those "goddamned Dodgers" again.

Signal to Noise said...
Apr 1, 2007, 4:09:00 PM  

From a purely non-statistical standpoint, my voodoo crew over at Extrapolater have turned in an awesome first post dissecting the intangibles of Manny Ramirez.

extrapolater said...
Apr 1, 2007, 6:42:00 PM  

I'll be waiting on Sweet Lou Merloni, E. :-)

Apr 1, 2007, 7:03:00 PM  

AA - what happend to Steve Stone? is he still w/ ESPN? I thought he was pretty good

Apr 1, 2007, 7:32:00 PM  

Prett funny preview here, they just rip everybody:

Sports Hernia MLB Preview

J Thewes said...
Apr 1, 2007, 7:34:00 PM  

Great to have Peter Gammons back...

TJ said...
Apr 1, 2007, 7:57:00 PM  

I just posted some terrible, non-informed predictions at Bad Braves Fan.

Oh, and Pujols' at-bat smirk is ten times more awesome in HD.

Grimey said...
Apr 1, 2007, 8:51:00 PM  

Joe Morgan and Franklin are TERRIFYING in HD

The Sports Hernia said...
Apr 1, 2007, 9:03:00 PM  

Not as terrifying as Paul Maguire's hands in HD. There are things that you can't un-see.

Grimey said...
Apr 1, 2007, 9:07:00 PM  

"That turns out to be a poor play, sending the guy from third with a four run deficit." - Little Joe

Hindsight is 20/20, Joe.

That was a helluva throw.

Apr 1, 2007, 9:51:00 PM  

Beltran throwing out Eckstein at home plate... awesome in HD.

And no Joe Morgan, sending Eckstein was not a poor decision. Just a great throw by Beltran.

Grimey said...
Apr 1, 2007, 9:51:00 PM  

Joe is still harping on Oquendo for sending Eckstein.

It was just a great throw, Joe. Get over it.

Apr 1, 2007, 9:59:00 PM  

"He hit eight as a player, but are we counting the one he hit as a manager?" - Joe Morgan

I've never listened to Joe Morgan this carefully. That is one of the dumbest comments ever.

Not many non-playing managers can hit homeruns there, big guy.

Apr 1, 2007, 10:07:00 PM  

OMDQ, I was just going to let that one go... that was baffling.

Grimey said...
Apr 1, 2007, 10:15:00 PM  

Grimey - I'm not sure he realizes that if you are on the field to hit a homerun, then you are by definition a player.

Apr 1, 2007, 10:19:00 PM  

This guy is living one of those Snickers "Wanna get away?" commercials right now.

Apr 1, 2007, 10:27:00 PM  

It would have been cooler if Glavine's shirt would have read "Official New York Mets Gun Show"

Grimey said...
Apr 1, 2007, 10:27:00 PM  

By the way, I think it's funny that we are all upset with MLB over making Extra Innings exclusively available on DirectTV, but no one has said a word about Blockbuster exclusively renting the unrated version of "Black Christmas."

Grimey said...
Apr 1, 2007, 10:30:00 PM  

Would I be mocked and derided as an idiot if I suggested that Peter Gammons should give play-by-play a try?

Or has he already done that and I just don't know about it?

Apr 1, 2007, 10:52:00 PM  

I actually thought Gammons looked pretty good. I was surprised, I thought he'd show some ill effects.

OMDQ - two council members have already weighed in on Lou. If anyone feels they don't know him well enough to comment, I'm coming to you to fill in the gaps. I think you and the guys from Book of Scrap should form the Veterans Committee for Voodoo Sabermetrics.

And, I agree with grimey. Pujols' facial expression was a revelation in HD. He really does look intimidating.

extrapolater said...
Apr 2, 2007, 9:52:00 AM  

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