The 2009 Major League Baseball season began last night with the Atlanta Braves visiting the defending-champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Phils were my team growing up, but I’ve been living in Boston now for about 20 years and have been a die-hard Red Sox fan since ’92. I spent so many seasons watching terrible teams with no chance at the postseason that I don’t think it even entered my head to hope for it. I just enjoyed Fenway park, the players, the history and most of all the game itself.
And I can remember tickets being so easy to get that one day during the 2nd inning I called the ticket office to see if they still had any tickets for that game. (I lived a 10 minute walk from the stadium and could be reminded that they were playing by the muted roar of the crowd out my window) The bemused ticket clerk said yes and reminded me that the game was already started. I didn’t go. Turned out the game went to like 12 innings and the Red Sox won on a Tom Brunansky hit. Should’ve gone.
Anyway, with the new season starting, I thought I would post my predictions for the Red Sox 2009 campaign.
• Today’s opening day postponement will be greeted with surprisingly sunny skies come mid-afternoon and a beautiful opening day that would’ve been.
• Tomorrow’s postponed opening day will be rained out when the rains that would’ve been here today arrive late.
• These rainouts/ postponements are the worst thing to happen to the Sox all year, with, by season’s end, no major injuries to anyone, seven Red Sox batters hitting over .600 and four Sox starting pitchers with 20 wins or more. (only the shuffling 5th starters are denied, but each wins a respectable 7 or more games)
• Pedroia doesn’t just start hitting the high heat — he begins to Destroia it. He leads the team in RBIs, batting average, fielding percentage and swagger, with each exceeding greatly last years totals.
• MLB Playoffs are cancelled due to way too much Red Sox awesomeness. They are declared champions three days before the end of the season by virtually-unanimous consensus.
• In lieu of an Official MLB Postseason, an exhibition postseason is set up consisting of rest of the playoff-qualifying teams.
• Since it doesn’t count, the Chicago Cubs win the playoffs handily. Cubs fans rejoice bittersweetly before returning to the “Wait ‘Til Next Year” refrain.
When all this happens this year, remember you read it here on TLOS first.
And hooray for baseball. Whoever your team is, have a great season. And I’m hoping for a Red Sox/ Cubs WS with the Cubs winning it all at home.