So, i'm taking it upon myself to start a thread for following the Reds through the 2009 season. Right now, i'm super excited about the team. Hopefully their level of play will keep my spirits up as we go through the dog days of summer here in the Nati. Without further ado....
April 6th is Opening Day. I plan on going down for the parade, popping over to Izzys for a famous corn beef sammie and potatoe pancake and then back home to watch the game with friends and family. Its supposed to be highs in low 40s and rainy. Possibly will snow Monday night. Seems like recent Opening Days have all been cold and rainy.
Anyways, to the game - the Reds start Aaron Harang. I'm glad they are still letting the Hoss get the nod for the Opening day start. To me, he is the big piece of the season - if he bounces back to pre 2008 form - the Reds will be in the thick of it. He is opposed by Johan Santana, who argueably is the best pitcher in baseball. Earlier in the spring it looked like we might get lucky and not get Johan on Opening Day, but he got back on track so here we are.
After an off day on Tuesday, they come back for a night game Wednesday night. Who is going to pitch that game? In past years Arroyo has thrown game # 2 but i have heard Edinson will get that duty. Only problem i see with that is then Arroyo may be pitching the Thursday day game and he has been dreadful in days games since coming to the Reds. Who is going to start for the Mets in games 2 and 3? I think Pelfry and Perez but i am not sure. Anyhow, going against Johan is tough of course but i'm hoping we can hold serve and take 2 of 3 at home like we did against AZ last year.
PLAY BALL !!!