April 5, 2010

Opening Day in Western PA

PITTSBURGH, Pa. / April 5, 2010

Curse the darkness, or light a candle.

The 2010 championship push begins today. One game at a time.

It's Opening Day in Western PA. This blog will be there 26 men (and women) strong, including a sizable contingent who will be wearing black Pirates hats, black shirts, black jeans and black shoes. At least one of us actually looks good in all black. Don't worry, we won't rob you of anything but your Pirates cynicism.

The Pirates have an advantageous pitching matchup with 2009 All-Star and 2010 NLCS MVP Zach Duke against Vicente "Ironically the Opening Day Starter" Padilla.

Here are the Buccos' final 25:
Starters: Zach Duke, Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen.
Relievers: Octavio Dotel, Brendan Donnelly, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, D.J. Carrasco, Jack Taschner, Hayden "William" Penn "Tavern."

I'm not pleased on the relief front - a couple of gas cans in Taschner and Penn.

Catchers: Ryan Doumit, Jason Jaramillo.
Infielders: Jeff Clement, Aki Iwamura, Ronny Cedeno, Andy LaRoche, Bobby Crosby, Delwyn Young.
Outfielders: Lastings Milledge, Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Ryan Church, John Raynor.

Has anyone noticed the way Iwamura has seamlessly made the transition from "Akinori" to "Aki"? And is it racist that I think Aki sounds a whole lot like a women's name?

Of course Pirates WFC Blog will have a full report Monday night, complete with our first ever "Pictures Not Stolen from Other Sites."

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