COMMENTS: Finally, the action moves from the courtroom bench to the dugout bench. After an off-season with more tirades than trades, we can, at least for three hours, concentrate on baseball.
The pre-game focus in Pittsburgh, at least according to the AP, is the unseasonably warm weather and the unfortunate late-season lull the Dodgers suffered through last year before kicking some Cardinal ass in the NLDS.
The pre-game focus here at SoSG? Pull up a barstool and find out. Unless the Sons win the lottery or perish in a tragic blimp accident — and I can't decide which is more likely — there'll be an SoSGGameThread™ for every game this season. (And for Lakers playoff games, if we can keep our act together.)
And for those wondering about the opening-day roster:
- PITCHERS (12)
- Chad Billingsley
- Jonathan Broxton
- Charlie Haeger
- Clayton Kershaw (L)
- Hiroki Kuroda
- Carlos Monasterios
- Ramon Ortiz
- Vicente Padilla
- George Sherrill (L)
- Ramon Troncoso
- Cory Wade (see note below)
- Jeff Weaver
Explains Josh Rawitch at Inside the Dodgers:
Joe Torre explained that if all goes as expected, we'll purchase Russ Ortiz's contract tomorrow and officially DL Cory Wade. He likes having 12 starters, especially without Kuo and Belisario on the active roster.
George Sherrill remains the eighth inning guy, according to Joe, despite a rough spring.
Joe also told the media that Ethier has had a little bruise on his knee, which was why he didn't play the last couple games but that he's fine and if this were the regular season, he'd be out there.
Not sure why the guy who suffered a strained groin during spring training is batting second — I was looking forward to seeing Kemp get some quality ABs ahead of Ethier. Is Joe Torre still making tweaks to the lineup?
And I guess that's it! Happy baseball, everyb— oh wait, I just a found a note from Sax:
Good times indeed, Señor Buzzkill!
1: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images; 2-4: Jon SooHoo/Dodgers