The day after Opening Day …
Hey, I love me some Opening Day as much as the next guy. A packed house, a marching band playing the national anthem and just the general buzz of beginning a new season.
The day after? Not so much.
Less folks in the press box (that’s a good thing), I’m sure far fewer fans (but loyal ones) in the seats. It’s the kind of baseball experience you’re going to see moving forward into the rest of the regular season.
What did we learn on Monday? Well, not a whole lot. It’s one game, though there were some signs of things we saw in 2008 that found their way back to PETCO Park — Peavy pitching reasonably well, no run support and an anemic offense that was 0-for-8 with RISP.
Whatever, it’s one game. But it’s the type of game the Padres played a lot last season and can ill afford to do that again, especially with questions in the back of the rotation. You can’t afford to lose with Peavy and Young and then have to wait for their turn in the rotation while Silva, Correia and Hill make their starts.
That’s why I think these starts Peavy and Young make, especially early in the season and against NL West foes, are so important.
Anyway, here’s a little snippet of radio I did with Josh and Brian from AM 1360 on Monday to tie you over until the game tonight. And, of course, a little reading from Monday’s game as well as notes on the bullpen and Cliff Floyd.