April 1, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Opening Night 2007

The Mets beat the Cardinals 6-1 in St. Louis this evening, showing that the New York team full of young talent (plus old talent Tom Glavine) is just hitting its stride as regular contenders for the postseason. The Cardinals are getting old, meanwhile, and with the extra slugging and pitching acquired by the Cubs during the offseason, I think the NL Central Division title is up for grabs, with a slight edge toward the Cubbies. For what it's worth, here are my picks to win the divisional titles and wild card spots this year:

Division / slot National American
East Mets Yankees
Central Cubs Tigers
West Dodgers Angels
(wild card) Cardinals Red Sox

Tomorrow is Opening Day, with 26 of the 30 major league teams slated to play, but aside from the Indians at ChiSox, not many of the matchups seem particularly exciting.

More important than politics: Baseball

I was pleased that one of the political bloggers in my state (Virginia) gets it: Bearing Drift reminds us that Our National Pastime is more important than politics! Over the last couple months, quite frankly, I've had enough political headaches to last a life time... That blogger also saw the recent exhibition game between the Orioles and Nationals in Norfolk and posted some photos of Harbor Park, which is aptly named. The ships visible beyond the right field fence remind one of AT&T Park in San Francisco. The home of the Norfolk Tides is a fine, double-decked venue, and it was considered as one of the alternative new homes for the former Montreal Expos, but it would have been difficult to expand it to major league size, given the cramped neighborhood it's in.