at long last, it's opening day!

It's a long, cold winter for baseball fans, but at long last, spring has arrived. It's Opening Day!*

How excited are Red Sox fans for the 2011 season? Of 45 ESPN baseball analysts, 42 of them pick the Red Sox to win the American League pennant and play in the 2011 World Series. All 45 pick the Sox to win their division.

Looking beyond the ESPN horizons, throwing in CBS Sportsline, CNNSI, and the dreaded (and dreadful) Fox Sports, 60 of 66 analysts - 91% - predict the Red Sox will play in the World Series.

Of course, as the saying goes, games aren't played on paper, and divisions and pennants aren't decided by prognosticators. But these predictions don't come out of nowhere. Red Sox fans, don't make any plans for October.

Today at 4:00, Red Sox at Rangers. Life begins anew.

* Major League Baseball Opening Day was actually yesterday, but the Red Sox didn't play. So who cares.


allan said...


laura k said...

I just ordered our baseball cable package!

There's a more expensive overlap between Zip and baseball this year, but that's only for 2 weeks. Plus Rogers gave me 20% off the sports pak. Tim, ask for this!

JohnGoldfine, my Gameday Audio renewed automatically. Zero problems. :/

Amy said...

I am so ready. Snow on the ground here in New England, but spring in our hearts. Today five of my students came dressed in Red Sox gear---revenge against yesterday's Yankee fans. I made some snarky remark about how the Yankee fans better enjoy being first in the Division today because they won't be there for long. I hope it doesn't come back to haunt me on my evaluations! :)

See you all later, if not at the first pitch, ASAP thereafter!

laura k said...

I'm psyched for today's gamethread, but even more excited for Tuesday's game - the first one Allan and I can watch together.

Today, I have to remember to play with Tala early. First pitch is at our usual backyard play time.

Marie Hobblin said...

Reminds of grand days of my youth, with Tony Conigliaro, Jim Lonborg, Rico, and Yaz.

Tony C's is the saddest baseball story I know.