Monday, April 03, 2006


Opening Day: Hour 5

2:00 -- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Seattle Mariners (FSN West)
2:00 -- Confirmed that FSN West is still FSN West, at least until they decide to rename themselves FSN Z Channel.
2:01 -- The weather looks pretty nice in Seattle, too.
2:02 -- Finally, in Baltimore, the bottom of the fifth comes to an end with the Orioles leading 7-4.
2:03 -- The Dodgers are on the board! It's 4-1.
2:04 -- Vin Scully is being simulcast on the radio, I am reminded when he says "on television, we're looking at...", which continues the old-timey feeling.
2:06 -- I finally see a score for the Cardinals-Phillies game, not being carried by DirecTV's MLB Extra Innings package. The Cards must be trying to outdo the Cubs in runs scored -- it's 13-3 in the sixth.
2:07 -- As the family of rookie Devil Rays pitcher Johnny Childers is being interviewed in the stands, Travis Lee hits a 2-run homer into a different part of the stands, and the Rays have cut the Orioles' lead to 1.
2:10 -- Hmm, I wonder if that Japanese ad for "Nintendo DS Lite" behind home plate at Safeco Field indicates that this game is being shown in Japan. I mean, there must be a few people who speak Japanese in the Seattle area.
2:14 -- It's the bottom of the ninth in Arlington, and the Rangers are keeping it interesting with a couple of hits.
2:15 -- I've been forgetting to watch the Tigers-Royals game. Their Aflac trivia answer was Kenny Rogers, presumably meaning the starting pitcher for the Tigers and not the roasted-chicken impresario.
2:18 -- Another final: Red Sox 7, Rangers 3.
2:19 -- I'm getting the "for ordering information, call..." notice on that channel, so the Pirates-Brewers game must have gone final while I wasn't paying attention to that one. Yes: Brewers 5, Pirates 2.
2:20 -- It's the bottom of the eighth in Cincinnati, and a lot of fans have left the ballpark, even though the Reds are only down by 5.
2:26 -- Vin Scully: "You know how you dress up the house when company's coming? Well, they have dressed up Dodger Stadium -- and the company's here!"
2:27 -- But they obviously haven't installed cell phone jammers at Dodger Stadium, as a quick look at the fans sitting right behind home plate makes all too clear.
2:28 -- They also haven't dressed up the Dodgers enough, as Atlanta gets another run to go up 5-1.
2:29 -- Reds relief pitcher Rick White is wearing number 00. I like him almost as much as Brandon Watson.
2:30 -- And then there's Cubs rookie outfielder Angel Pagan. I wonder which god (or gods) he worships.
2:33 -- The Cubs are up to 13 runs -- same number of runs the Cardinals currently have.
2:34 -- Now the Orioles are ahead 9-6, and the Braves are ahead 8-1.
2:35 -- A Devil Rays promo promises that this season, they will be "bringing endless energy every single game." I'll believe it when I see it.
2:37 -- The Cubs have now equaled their run total from last year's Opening Day, which was a Cubs Opening Day record. It's 16-7.
2:39 -- Now I hear that Albert Pujols had home runs in his first two at-bats -- but he's no Tuffy!
2:40 -- I assume the roof is closed at Safeco Field so the wind doesn't mess up the "2006" spelled out in light-colored dirt on the infield.
2:42 -- The Orioles' costumed mascot has black wings with orange tips on his back, which I guess is semi-accurate, except that they look like the hand-held lights that are used to direct airplane pilots into the proper stopping position.
2:43 -- Joe Maddon has changed from sunglasses to his regular glasses. Now the Rays need to come back to win, so that retro-hipster eyewear is encouraged.
2:46 -- The Dodgers are slowly working their way out of the hole: it's now 8-4.
2:47 -- Okay, there may be lots of people on cell phones at Dodger Stadium, but at least they're blase enough not to wave like an idiot when they're on camera, unlike a certain man in the third row in Cincinnati.
2:48 -- His waving like a maniac didn't help, because the final is Cubs 16, Reds 7.
2:53 -- It's the top of the ninth in Baltimore with the Devil Rays down by 3 runs.
2:56 -- The Rays are unable to come back. Orioles 9, Devil Rays 6. Oh, well, it's still possible for them to finish 161-1.

That Japanese ad at Safeco Field...

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