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Monday, April 04, 2005

Keeping Up the Tradition

So we lost Opening Day. Big deal. One down, one hundred sixty one to go. Marathon not a sprint. Blah blah etc.

Although, I should say - we lost Opening Day.. . again. We lost Opening Day last year. And the year before. And look how good we wound up doing then. In fact, we haven't won an Opening Day since 2000. You could say we haven't won an Opening Day this century/millenium. And it hasn't slowed us down.

A couple of interesting patterns. We haven't won an Opening Day since 2000. When's the last time the Yankees won the World Series? 2000. So. Red Sox lose Opening Day=Yankees don't win the World Series. I'll take that pattern.

I looked into the stats a bit.

2001. Lost Opening Day 2-1 in 11 innings. Almost won but eventually lost. We held on that year longer than we had any business to. We lost Pedro, Nomar *and* Varitek. And we held on for a good chunk of the year. OK, it all crashed and burned eventually, but that's the year the boston dirt dog came into being (and I don't mean the website).

2002, we lost Opening Day 12-11. A worse loss. We were seriously scored against, but again, almost won. We won 93 games that year.

2003, we had a 4-1 lead and blew it in the ninth and lost 6-4 I believe. An even worse loss. That year we won 95 games, made it to the playoffs and came within 5 outs of the World Series.

In 2004, we were blown out by the O's 7-2. The worst loss so far. And we all know what happened at the end of THAT season.

So. The worse we lose Opening Day, the better we do in the season! That's a good sign, right?



So a couple of random facts.
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First pitch of the season to the Sox - a foul to Johnny Damon
First out of the season by the Sox - Johnny Damon 4-3
First K of the season by Sox batter - Edgar Rentaria
First pitch of the season thrown by Sox - ball
First hit of the season against the Sox - Wells, by Jeter
First out of the season made by Sox - Arod, F8
First K of the season thrown by Sox - Sierra
First hit of the season by Sox - David Ortiz
First Run of the Season - Payton drives in Ortiz.

First off day of the season. Today. Sigh.

posted at 11:35 AM by Hoothehoo

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