The windup: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Some random thoughts as you await first pitch tonight in Cincinnati:

There must have been one other, unannounced nonroster invite in the Pirates’ camp: a dramatic muse.

Announcing Josh Harrison’s long-term, long-deserved deal in his Cincinnati cradle? How perfect. …

So, what was I doing 41 years ago today? Getting ready to go to Atlanta Stadium and cover Hank Aaron going yard against Al Downing for the seminal 715th homer of his career, that’s all. …

A year ago, the Pirates made history by opening the season with three Dominican natives in their starting rotation: Francisco Liriano, Wandy Rodriguez and Edinson Volquez.

Only Liriano remains, but the Pirates can still claim the biggest slice of one demographic pie: Their Opening Day roster included the most players born in one nation outside of the United State, the seven from the Dominican Republic (Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes Caminero, Radhames Liz, Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and Liriano). …

I hadn’t paid a whole lot of attention to this, but am surprised Chris Davis was allowed to have a full-participation Spring Training with the Orioles even while his 25-game suspension still had a couple of games to go. Davis was activated for the O’s second game, Tuesday night. He’d played in 20 Grapefruit League games before that. …

Speaking of the Orioles … how weird it must’ve been for them to open the season in Tampa Bay against the Rays, after having already spent six weeks in the area (their Sarasota camp is about 40 miles from St. Petersburg) and seen the Rays five times in exhibition play? How do you talk yourself into feeling those Opening Day vibes? …

Listening to some people, you’d think the Phillies should be allowed to park their team bus in a handicap zone. There is this perception that they are ancient. During a brief flareup with the Bucs in McKechnie Field, for example, some wondered via Twitter whether the Phillies stormed the field with the help of their “golden walking sticks.”

Wrong. Not even close: According to the usual Opening Day analysis, the Giants are the oldest MLB team — the only one whose roster averages more than 31 years — and the Phillies aren’t even in the Top 5.

You can still be nice to them. But has nothing to do with being nice to the elderly. …

1 Comment

Melancon holds! Scared the crap out of us, but Hurdle’s interesting decision to leave him in proved out correct! Kudos!

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