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"Larry, can you be any more of a Yankee apologist?.... Just look past your Yankee myopia and try some objectivity." - Bernal Diaz
"Mr. Mahnken is enlightened." - cordially, as always,
"Wow, Larry. You've produced 25% of the comments on this thread and
said nothing meaningful. That's impressive, even for you." - Anonymous
"After reading all your postings and daily weblog...I believe you have truly become the Phil Pepe of this generation. Now this is not necessarily a good thing." - Repoz
"you blog sucks, it reeds as it was written by the queer son of mike lupica and roids clemens. i could write a better column by letting a monkey fuk a typewriter. i dont need no 181 million dollar team to write a blog fukkk the spankeees" - yan
"i think his followers have a different sexual preference than most men" - bob
"Boring and predictable." - No Guru No Method
"Are you the biggest idiot ever?" - Randal
"I'm not qualified to write for online media, let alone mainstream
media." - Larry Mahnken
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April 3, 2006
YAY! OPENING DAY! by Larry Mahnken
OK, so it might rain, but if it doesn't, today is the first day of the 2006 season.
One of the nice things about getting older is that the offseason doesn't seem as long as it once did. OK, so the World Series ends later and the season starts sooner than it used to, so it is a few days shorter in actuality, but it feels even shorter than that.
There is a decidedly different feeling for me about this season than there has in seasons past. The biggest difference, I feel, is the general lack of difference between the team that ended last season on a 20-8 run and the team that will start this season. In recent seasons, offseason turnover has been almost the order of the day:
This year, the team is more or less the same. Damon replaces Tino, Farsworth replaces Gordon, and Myers and Villone replace Leiter and Embree, but it's mostly the same squad. Same rotation, same lineup, somewhat different bullpen.
It's good to see, because there really wasn't much wrong with the team down the stretch, and the big change they made addressed their true need -- defense.
How will it play out? I think it'll turn out very well. I think the rotation will end up being stronger this season than it was last, and that the lineup will be a monster. The defense will still suck, but not as badly as it did, and overall, that's a better team than they had a year earlier. 100 wins? Maybe. Postseason? Probably. A World Championship?
Well, the Angels look like they may miss the playoffs, so maybe.
I'll fret over that stuff when they're 11-19, but today is a celebration! It's Opening Day! Yaaaaaaaaaay! --posted at 11:07 AM by Larry Mahnken / |