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Live Blogging Opening Night

Welcome to the 2008 MLB season! I’m here live-blogging the Opening Night tilt between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, from the awesome new Nationals Ballpark in Washington, D.C.

On the mound tonight are Odalis Perez (The Pi Train) and Tim Hudson (X-Men). Let’s see if the first game lends to any trends for the long-haul of the season.

Of course, Ken Tremendous over at FireJoeMorgan.com is probably thrilled that Joe Morgan gets the call.

4:58 PM: ESPN Baseball Tonight montage of various historical Opening Day shots.

4:59 PM: And we’re interrupted by my daughter’s diaper. A bad omen for the season. Hit “Pause” – be right back.

5:01 PM: Fortunately, the game wasn’t rained-out (diaper-wise). Jon Miller has a nice voice-over with pretty D.C. pictures, and then there’s a ham-handed segment with George Will, with a tie-in to the 2008 election cycle.

5:04 PM: Looks like the Braves are wearing navy blue jerseys with grey pants. The rumor from UniWatch of powder-blue unis didn’t come to pass.

5:05 PM: Hyping my Braves – Chipper and Big Teix. Morgan says they’ll rival Big Papi and Ramirez in Boston this year. They’d better exceed those two.

5:07 PM: Nice – in the two-person standup in the booth, Miller and Morgan frame the Capitol dome in the distance. And Gammons has a good explanation of why Lastings Milledge scared all the white people in New York. Thus, he’s on the Nationals.

5:09 PM: Starting with player introductions. As mentioned earlier, I don’t have any Nationals. In the game are Braves’ 3B Chipper Jones, 1B Mark Teixeira, and relief pitcher Peter Moylan, who may or may not get into the game.

5:12 PM: Opera star Denyce Graves (a D.C. native) sings a lengthy SSB.

5:15 PM: Holy crap! Nats owner Ted Lerner looks like a young Dwight Eisenhower!

5:16 PM: The President emerges from the bullpen – looks like he’s loose. This is his 6th Opening Day assignment. Manager Manny Acta will be his battery-mate – a plum assignment. Some boos to the Pres. Don’t really agree with that – respect the office and the sanctity of Opening Day, and this glorious new ballpark. That one was high, but over the plate.

5:20 PM: Here’s the lineup for the Braves, starting with Kelly Johnson (Cover Zero). Didn’t realize Teixeira was a switch-hitter as well. At this rate the odds of Teix signing long-term before exploring free-agency are maybe four percent. Barry’s starter Odalis Perez is on the mound. That Nats’ lineup is decent, with the management decisions to bench Dmitri Young and Felipe Lopez impacting fantasy.

5:23 PM: Finally, the first pitch. Oh, good. Miller welcomes us to the “North American” Opening Day. Joe Morgan states that he only recognizes tonight’s game. Good thing the flagship network of MLB’s announcer is on board with the whole Japan Opening Series, which also appeared on this network.

Next post will be of game action . . .

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