Having been missing in action, blog-wise, for close to a week, I have tons of thoughts about the beginning of the season.
There were enormous highs from the first two games in Cleveland and the downer that we couldn’t sweep. Then, the “so close, yet so far” 12-inning loss in the K.C. opener and the thrilling come-from-behind extra inning triumph the next night. Yesterday’s home opener was a joy and showcased Edwin Jackson, the man who could turn out to be the ace of the staff in 2011.
All in all, we have to be happy with the 4-2 mark and an offense that seems to be living up to the offseason hype.
Some more opinions and observations:
* Have to admit I was beside myself when the Sox fell behind 5-0 against the Royals in the game they would eventually win. For six innings they looked like the lackluster team from spring training. And I was thinking that maybe the Sox brass needs to rethink how they approach the time that’s spent in Glendale. But then came the rally and my blood pressure returned to a normal level.
* Carlos Quentin has been a monster. As I’ve said all along, a great year by CQ and the offense goes from very good to great.
* Speaking of the offense, almost everyone deserves kudos. A special shout-out to rookie Brent Morel, who certainly looks like he belongs.
* After an emergency appendectomy, is it really possible that Adam Dunn can DH this weekend?
* Bullpen has been hot and cold. I’m not really sure about Tony Pena and Will Ohman and how things will play out this season–frankly, it’s a little scary. Chris Sale has been good and bad–with the good coming in his most recent outing. Matt Thornton got his first blown save of ’11 before he recorded one. And Sergio Santos still has a 0.00 ERA that began in spring training.
* The Sox had no choice but to DFA Lastings Milledge. After the two extra-inning affairs another pitcher was needed. Jeff Gray, the former Cub, is the current answer to the 12th man in the pen.
* Ozzie, do me a favor and hide Mark Teahen’s glove. I know he made a fine play at first base in the Royals series, but…there’s an exception to every rule.
* I guess I’ll have to live with Brent Lillibridge, though I still contend he should be a smarter player than he is.
* So happy to see the great Minnie Minoso (below with Ozzie) throw out the ceremonial first pitch yesterday. One of my all-time favorites and arguably the most popular player in the club’s history, he is one of a kind.