Let's light this candle…

 

One look at Monday’s weather and the conditions seem more optimal for a Bengals-Jets game, but the calendar reads April 6 and it can only be Opening Day with the Reds and Mets. It’s pouring and frigid at Great American Ball Park. Temperatures are forecasted in the 30s all day with a chance of snow. I just hope they get this one in.

This is my fourth Reds opener on this beat and I’m always amazed about how much emphasis is put on this day. It really is an unofficial holiday for the whole region. The media coverage alone is wacky — with reporters and cameras often showing up from Louisville, Lexington, West Virginia, Lima, Dayton and other locales beyond Greater Cincinnati. When game two arrives, it’s crickets and tumbleweeds by comparsion with only the usual beat writers and maybe, the local TV and radio stations.

The windows in the press box will likely be closed — so much for we brave media. I remember my first year here in 2006 when it was also in the 30s. For his first day, my intern showed up wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt with no jacket (I told him to dress for the weather). The press box windows were open that day. From time-to-time, we have a good chuckle about the kid that was shivering in the press box on Opening Day.

Aaron Harang has been on the mound for all of my openers here. Obviously, this will be his first chance to really put his dismal 2008 behind him. What do you think, was Harang’s 6-17 record and 4.78 ERA last season just a glitch on his baseball card? Is it the start of something that should concern fans? Any predictions for Harang’s performance this season — wins and losses, innings and strikeouts?

I forgot to include this yesterday, but here is your Reds Opening Day roster:

PITCHERS (12)
61 Arroyo, Bronson …………… RHP
51 Burton, Jared ………………. RHP
48 Cordero, Francisco ………. RHP
47 Cueto, Johnny ……………… RHP
39 Harang, Aaron …………….. RHP
52 Herrera, Daniel Ray ……….LHP
57 Lincoln, Mike ……………….. RHP
40 Masset, Nick ……………….. RHP
33 Owings, Micah …………….. RHP
53 Rhodes, Arthur ………………LHP
36 Volquez, Edinson …………. RHP
25 Weathers, David ………….. RHP
CATCHERS (2)
29 Hanigan, Ryan …………………. C
55 Hernandez, Ramon …………… C

INFIELDERS (5)
28 Encarnacion, Edwin ……….. INF
2 Gonzalez, Alex ………………. INF
7 Janish, Paul ………………….. INF
4 Phillips, Brandon ……………. INF
19 Votto, Joey ……………………. INF
OUTFIELDERS (6)
32 Bruce, Jay ………………………OF
21 Dickerson, Chris………………OF
15 Hairston Jr., Jerry……… OF/INF
16 McDonald, Darnell ………….OF
17 Nix, Laynce ……………………OF
3 Taveras, Willy …………………OF

There is a lot of activity here today, including pre-game press conferences with Walt Jocketty, Dusty Baker and players. More later…

1 Comment

Mark, I want to congratulate you on your addition to team Sheldon.

I also want to voice my displeasure that Masset made the team over Bailey, when Homer obviously outpitched him all spring. I understand the options situation, but Masset is a replaceable player if needed. They should have taken their best team north.

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