Congratulations everyone, we made it! Opening Day is finally here and the Washington Nationals begin their 10th 21st century season at 1:10 in the borough of Queens as they face the New York Mets. Stephen Strasbug gets his third consecutive Opening Day start for DC (The Post), while Nats killer Dillon Gee starts (ESPN) for the Flushing Nine.
Strasburg is the only Nats starter to win an Opening Day game which was last year against the Miami Marlins. Given that fact, the Nats Opening Day record isn’t spectacular, going 3-8 since 2005. They have won their last two though. The Mets boast the best Opening Day record in all of baseball The Times, an impressive feat given their 0-8 start in their early years. They actually won a World Series before they won on Opening Day.
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The game should be in our nation’s capital, but MLB commissioner Bud Selig is more worried about coddling his friend Peter Angelos than respecting long-standing traditions.
Okay, enough commentary, let’s focus on the joy that is this national holiday. Sadly, I have to work but I plan to take a late lunch and watch the first part of the game at a pub, then switch to over to the sweet sounds of Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler.
My take — the Nats will win the NL East again.
The Wash. Times has PDFs for much of their Opening Day coverage. Really. I’m no even going to link to that on account of it being 2014.
CSN Washington doesn’t have a specific section, so here’s their whole coverage.
Okay, time to put up the flag — the rain/sleet/snow over the weekend kept from doing that or putting up the bunting earlier. Have a great Opening Day!