There is no sports event like Opening Day of baseball, the sense of beating back the forces of darkness and the National Football League. - George Vecsey
So it's been a little bit since my last post, but cut me some slack...I had to move, again. Ashley and I are now down in Savannah, GA playing for the Sand Gnats (A- affiliate for the NY Mets). We're three days into the season and we're 3-0 with two shutouts. Nice! However, anyone can read the rundown of stats, scores, etc. etc. at any of the countless blogs dedicated to, well, us. This blog is more along the lines of "tell me something I don't already know."
Ok a couple stories...First, our apartment situation is settled. Finally. It was a three week process of searching though every available piece of real estate in/near Savannah. No one seemed interested in giving a newly married couple a cheap place to stay for 5 months, at least not in a decent area of town. Found a couple places, but was deterred by the phrase "there haven't been that many muggings here." Needless to say we were willing to pay a little more, take on a roommate, and thus maintain our security (so far).
Opening night, baseball aside, was an absolute CIRCUS! They call it Thirsty Thursday, I call it a frat party loosely centered around a ball game. By the second rain delay I'm guessing 80% of the crowd was incapable of walking the first baseline. This includes the two mouth-breathers who openly encouraged my wife to flash me in the middle of our conversation. The night was unlike anything I've experienced thus far in pro-ball, but I didn't hate it. My wife, however, had a different viewpoint and thus a different opinion. She has gotten the cold shoulder from just about everybody involved in this move. Apartment management, furniture company, ticket booth attendant, and abrasive inebriated southerners. She's a trooper though and she's ridiculously talented, which has made getting a job a pretty simple journey for her. She starts monday at a custom monograming and sewing shop...badass, i know.
So I pitch tomorrow in our first afternoon game, and I get the opportunity to start the season with a four game sweep of the West Virginia Power. And I'm sorry to say other affiliates, but we have the best starting rotation in the system. Mando, Jimmy, Mark, B-Mo, Gorski, Whit, and myself. Call it friendly competition, but we all want to win more games than the next guy. "As iron sharpens iron..." you know how it goes.