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April Fools Day!
Here at Some Ballyard, we don’t get fooled again. We’ve seen enough. MLBlogs has demonstrated one too many times that it is not suitable for serious blogging. We will keep Some Ballyard up for some trivial purposes, but we will be blogging in earnest at Some Clubhouse. Do drop in and pay us a visit!
For those of you who are hanging around, we’ll still come by your blogs. Best of luck (you are going to need it), and see you in the bigger blogosphere!
It was a glorious opening night for the new Nationals Park. My son and co-author here on SBY watched the game at Gators, a nearby sports pub, at least through the fourth inning when we packed it up and headed back to the house to watch the rest of the game. Franchise third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, from right here in Virginia Beach, blasted a walk off homerun in the bottom of the ninth to fend off the Braves. Of course they did it in typical Nats perilous style, surrendering the lead with two outs in the top of the ninth on a passed ball. I had almost finished ranting and raving about how the Nats were going to lose this game stupidly and might finish with a hundred losses this season when Zim hit his shot.
You gotta believe 😉
If you just can’t wait until tomorrow night to get a peek at the new Nationals Park–and even if you can–check out the construction cam. Not only does it provide a current view, you can go back to any date, or even view a time lapse of the construction.
Check it out here.
Wow! The Nats finally released John Patterson. Maybe they are serious.
Patterson had an outstanding 2005, but, if you remember, that was an odd year. The Nats in their new Washington home were hotly competitive, at least until Atlanta, in that final dynastic breath, handed Screech his bird butt. Since then Patterson has embodied the Nats misfortunes, starting as an ace every year until revealing himself to be a joker.
No huge knock on Patterson, per se. He is a middling middle-to-late starter on a middling team. But he came to represent something lackadaisical about the Nats, that attitude that they were going to lose anyway so it didn’t really matter. As The Prince of New York notes in his 2008 Baseball Guide, that isn’t the attitude manager Manny Acta is instilling in his team as evidenced by Washington playing like they were still in contention late last year versus the supposed to be in contention Mets. I suspect his release was meant to be a wakeup call to any other sleepy heads in D.C.
Keep an eye on this team. They are on the way up.
I am an enthusiastic proponent of international baseball, but exporting opening day was not a good idea. I could deal with the Sunday night contests, which were sort of like opening one Christmas present on Christmas eve. You fell asleep and then it really was Christmas.
There was something very special about Opening Day, the sense that the races were beginning. But tomorrow they will be playing spring training games as well as regular season games. Goofy.
I don’t like it.
The Chinese government has defied international anger at its crackdown on Tibetan independence protests, accusing the Dalai Lama and his “splittist clique” of being out to destroy the Olympics and damage China’s international reputation.
And exactly what reputation might that be? Certainly China can’t be deluded that their abominable record on human rights has somehow escaped the world’s attention. You don’t run over people with tanks and not create a sensation.
Of course China may be right. There is something unseemly, unholy almost, about the endless stream of protests designed to exploit the world’s attention attendant upon the Olympics. The idea behind the Olympics is to lay aside political differences for the games, not resolve all of them. Zeus knows the ancient Greeks went back to fighting each other as soon as the last meddle was awarded.
What makes this particularly intriguing is that the Dalai Lama functions as a kind of spiritual guru. If he is, indeed, interrupting the “spirit” of the Games, then that raises some interesting questions beyond the political. The Dalai Lama, to his great credit, recognizes this and is threatening to resign if the Tibetian issue cannot be resolved peacefully.
Maybe Richard Gere can sort it all out for us, carrying the Dalai Lama out of this conundrum like he did Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman. Lord lift us up where we belong.