I love baseball and the opening of the season; all the pageantry and pomp is great theatre and while it may be overblown in recent years, I know in talking to older fans and becoming an older fan each day that opening day does have a specialness about it that no other sport matches in the United States. You may be the big kahuna football, but the first kickoff of season just doesn’t hold the promise nor optimism of baseball’s opener. There is, however, a problem with the early part of the season, and it is all the more annoying in baseball. It is the overexcitement in early spring performances. Some of my favorites from this weekend opening of the White Sox season include Larry Bowa promising that Adam Dunn is back, Jake Peavy is poised for a big year and early season taunting from Joe Cowley. Of those three the most grating has to be Bowa and his break down of Adam Dunn’s swing. It was kind of like watching the old scouts scene from Moneyball. Bowa was going over all these “good signs” that Dunn was swinging better and as evidence the at bat they were analyzing was the moon shot he hit over the weekend. If memory serves, Dunn also went to town in the first week of 2011 as well and the knee jerk reaction was that the White Sox were in for a great year. (mea culpa, I was as giddy as a school girl too.) Forgive me this time around if I hold back on the enthusiasm. Joe Cowley and his glee behind Peavy, Dunn and Rios having a good game is also a little unfounded at this point. If Peavy can go out and pitch that well into June, then I’ll become a believer. However, don’t think for a second that all as Cowley pointed out, “public enemies 1-3” doing well for the White Sox is making anyone change their mind just yet. It was one game. Over the course of the 162 all three are bound to have a good game or two. Hopefully the next one for each comes before May.
Otherwise, it was a fun weekend and the White Sox didn’t disappoint considering my expectations were for a sweep or one win which they got. Ventura didn’t do anything that indicated he was in awe of being a Major League manager (like Mike Quade) or do anything stupid (like Terry Bevington.) The starting pitching looked ok, Gavin Floyd notwithstanding, and the defense was good enough. Considering that the offense managed six runs in three games, it may be a bit early to start running off those playoff tickets just yet. So, to down to Texas and scratch out a win is…nice. Forgive me though if I’m not convinced Adam Dunn is back, Jack Peavy is no longer an injury waiting to happen or that Alex Rios is a good investment. Let’s at least have a home game or two before the bandwagon pulls out of the yard, ok?