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Opening Act.

Well opening day has come and gone, and of course the Sox chose to spoil it for all Sox fans with a pathetic performance against the mighty Kansas City Royals, to be shutout on opening day by a perennial cellar dweller is a mighty blow to any Sox fans pride. That being said, it was still opening day, that magical time of the year that every true baseball fan waits for, when you get to sit down and watch games that really mean something. From the moment in February when† the phrase ďPitchers and Catchers ReportĒ† is mentioned through the long Spring Training process, we anticipate opening day, the day that baseball returns for another summer of fun at the old ballpark. For some reason this never gets old or stale for me, I look forward to it with the same excitement every year, maybe because at the start of the season you can still have hopes for what your team can accomplish in the upcoming season, unless of course youíre a Tampa Bay Devil Dogs fan.†

Leaving Kansas City what we thought would be a potent offense has been somewhat feeble, the two best hitters so far are Joe Crede and Tony Graffanino. Frank Thomas hasnít exactly started the season on a tear, but he has shown signs that his eye for the strike zone is returning, he has already walked three times in two games. I donít believe that this slow start is indicative of what we should expect out of this team for this season, but I think it backs up my opinion that until proven otherwise the Twins are still the team to beat in the Central Division, especially when your two best pitchers lose to the Royals in two consecutive games. The challenge is out for the Sox to prove me wrong, and I sure as hell hope they do.†

I have to question a few of the decisions that were made coming out of Spring Training this year in regards to who made the trip north, most notably Miguel Olivo, if they werenít going to hand him the starting position why in the hell isnít he in Charlotte playing everyday so that he can refine his gamecalling skills instead of sitting on the bench getting advice from Josh Paul of all people? Iím sure Josh is a nice guy, but letís face it, the guy couldnít catch a pea with a number ten washtub, I think they would have been better served opening the season with two catchers and bringing Miguel up in May when he would be a little more prepared. I also question why Rick White made this team, aside from the fact that he is signed to an $800,000 contract, he showed absolutely nothing resembling a redeeming quality in Spring Training, swallow the cash and cut him. I also question the wisdom of having exactly one guy on the roster that can even pretend to cover centerfield, and he is a utility outfielder at best, if Kenny Williams was determined to send Joe Borchard back to Charlotte, then why in the hell didnít he sign someone that could play centerfield, unless he plans to call up Borchard should anything happen to Aaron Rowand.†

Speaking of Kenny Williams, I will give him some credit while I criticize him, his acquisition of Bartolo Colon for very little in actual value to the Sox was a genius like stroke, but he compounded it by replacing both the players given up in the Colon deal within twenty four hours, it shows me that perhaps he does have a gameplan of sorts. I will also give him some kudos for the signing of Brian Daubach to a minor league deal, Daubach along with Rios will provide some lefty punch off the bench, and in a pinch Daubach can also catch. Some of the moves Kenny makes just plain baffle me, and then he turns around pulls off a deal no one thought could be done, I canít get a handle on the guy. If he can manage to re-sign Colon to a contract extension I will have to say he has done enough to keep his job for at least another season.†

Well, with opening day here and gone, there is only one thing left to look forward to this spring, turkey season starts in a week, make sure you are not wearing a native American feathered headdress while strolling through the woods in the Will County area.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Daver

Dave Schmitt is a life-long resident of the Joliet area, with the exception of two years spent being the only Sox fan in the hell hole known as Baytown Texas, where the trucks are large and the alligators are hungry.† Plumber by trade, hunter by choice, and fisherman 'cause you canít hunt year round.† Married With Children, and four dogs that are confirmed Sox fans.† The kids have less sense.† You can send email to Daver at

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