Opening Day (Night?), 2014

It’s finally here, even if it is on another continent. Lineup:

Some of the adulation sent Kershaw’s way in the runup to this game makes me think he should be sent off to look for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. If he’s as good as some people want to make him out to be, he’s wasted pitching a mere baseball game right now.

Update: Take note of the standings for the NL West over there on the right under the calendar. Hopefully tomorrow it will have the Dodgers leading the division with the Diamondbacks in last place.

  • John_from_Aus

    By this time tomorrow, I be getting ready to make the 3 and a half hour drive to Sydney!

    • Are you coming from Canberra, John?

      • John_from_Aus

        30 minutes south from a place called Michelago

        • Ah. Have a safe drive.

          • John_from_Aus

            Thanks

          • Michelago is a very pretty place, but 795 people? Really? That’s it?

            I think there are that many people in the condo at the bottom of my hill!

          • John_from_Aus

            It’s a nice village, within easy drive to work 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    SVS has come a long why (particularly as compared to Crawford).

  • WBBsAs

    They need to take advantage of their opportunities:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx6iAfAAT8Y

  • John_from_Aus
  • John_from_Aus

    I’m getting video replay on MLB.com (the replay of the first pitch of the season just came up

  • I’ve got it on the captive TV network.

  • John_from_Aus

    dodged (excuse the pun) a bullet there

  • John_from_Aus

    here’s our chance

  • John_from_Aus

    espn had HR, MLB had double, what was it?

    • John_from_Aus

      now they have changed it to a double!?!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Ok….didn’t want to like the early start in Oz. Was determined to not think of new year til April. But….. Here I am….was driving home from jazz at 1:30, hearing Charlie and Rick babble about rain delay….and then Vin calls the first pitch.
    I am so easy.
    P.S. Don Bradman stand…….Best batter in cricket and baseball combined?

  • John_from_Aus

    We have 1

  • Jack Dawkins

    SVS in left on opening day……nowhere to go but up….despite that double.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Andy Van S gave us an OPS+ 127 last year in 152 PA, and actually did more damage against righties.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice quick half innings

    • WBBsAs

      Singular in baseball, plural in cricket.

      • John_from_Aus

        now you say it, I think you have mentioned that to me before 🙂

        • WBBsAs

          Unless it’s two or more innings, of course, but inning by itself is singular.

  • Jack Dawkins

    All I have heard all spring is that Meep Meep Gorden had the best spring at 2nd. Why Turner?

    • WBBsAs

      A lefty starter.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Kid K, 48 through 3, not midseason form.

    • WBBsAs

      In his defence (to use the Australian Collins Dictionary spelling), it’s not mid-season.

      • Jack Dawkins

        One of my strange addictions is to British cryptic Crosswords, where Collins is the reference of choice.

  • Jack Dawkins

    SVS making me sound silly.

    • John_from_Aus

      Nice way to make people stand up and take notice

  • WBBsAs

    Where are you watching from, Dawkins?

    • Jack Dawkins

      Ventura county, was out listenign to Jazz til 1:30 am, tis now 3 Am. The comforting voice of Vin, is the siren to my Odysseus.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s 7 a.m. here in Santiago de Chile.

  • John_from_Aus

    and that is that (can’t wait for tomorrow!) I better get some sleep

  • WBBsAs

    After getting up to watch a 5 a.m. game today, I need to stay awake to watch an 11 p.m. game tonight, and napping does not appear to be an option today.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good on you.

  • thescrounger

    The Dodgers sent FedeX down and kept the horrible Drew Butera who must have some kind of unsavory relationship with Colletti…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Drew left him no option?

      • WBBsAs

        It’s not as if other teams would be racing to grab Butera if he were DFA’d.

        • Bob_Hendley

          If I were the giants, I’d do it just to spite him.

  • John_from_Aus

    I’m up and awake, and starting to get excited! I am looking forward to the drive to Sydney today even more than usual 🙂

    • I hope the SCG has good WiFi and you can comment live from the game, John.

      • John_from_Aus

        I’ll try, my phone’s pretty ancient

  • DXMachina

    Wow, Trumbo is really some kind of bad fielder, huh. I was shocked when Vin said that van Slyke’s ball had bounced off the wall (or Trumbo’s glove), because it was nowhere to be seen in first footage shown of Trumbo hitting the wall.

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  • foul tip

    LATd myself early today not realizing game thread was up. Duh. So, try, try again:

    1) What do/did the Aussies think of Vin, assuming they could hear him? At 86, hope trip aftereffects don’t put him on the broadcast DL.

    2) Did Kershaw demonstrate Public Enemy No. 1 to the Aussies? What was the reaction, if?

    3) MLB had to agree, cooperate, and all that. But I saw something on Insider about a promoter staging this trip. How’s he likely to come out financially? Is he Aussie? What’s known about him?

    4) What’s the skinny on Aussie pitcher Searle who struck out 5 Dodgers in 3 IP in the exhibition? Is he potentially that good, or was it just one game, etc? Think he belongs to the Cubs.

  • foul tip

    Well, the D-backs results so far–0-5 to the Aus national team, 1-3 and 5-7 to the Dodgers. Wonder if the Aussies think they’re a real major league team?

    One thing that probably doesn’t have to be wondered about is if they’ll have a long, long flight back.

  • foul tip

    Found the answer to my question about the promoter who staged this production…

    http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/how-parra-sports-nut-pulled-off-the-perfect-home-run/story-fni0cx4q-1226862217456