It’s finally here. Major League Baseball has its first game of the 2008 season in the books and it was a doozy of the extra inning variety. The Red Sox won over the Oakland A’s, 6-5, in 10 innings.
Of course, I’m still not sold on having the first game of the year in the Land of the Rising Sun, but that just seems to be the way things will be regardless of my opinion.
The Red Sox and A’s didn’t show off much as far as their bullpens being a strength. Both teams’ closers gave up runs and looked shaky. I didn’t see the actual first pitch, but Dice-K struggled early before finding a groove. The A’s got an early homer to take the lead. The Sox battled back against a tiring Blanton.
Jacoby Ellsbury made an outstanding grab right in front of the fence in center field.
The A’s rallied back to take a lead before Huston Street got rocked by a Pawtucket Sox player Brandon Moss filling in for an injured JD Drew. Go figure. Drew injured. Nothing unusual there.
Street struggled in the 10th too with Manny being Manny and driving in the winning runs.
Then river-dancing Jonathan Papelbon only escaped getting tagged with the loss due to a bone-headed base-running blunder by the A’s.
Game over man, but it’s only the beginning and I can’t wait for more.
These same two teams will play again and you can watch it over your breakfast tomorrow morning.
But to me, the actual start of the season will be next Monday when the majority of the teams finally take to the diamond.