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Warning!! Danger!! Annual Off-topic Baseball Thread '07!! Beware!!

Lock the old thread, baby, it's OPENING DAY!!!

Opening night is a gimmick. Gimme day baseball! Yankees first pitch is in an hour. Red Sox at 4 today against that powerhouse and ancient rival -- the KC Royals. Morning radio shows today were saying that Schilling would miss his start today after being hit by a car while crossing the road. Obviously, an April Fool joke, but my daughter was very concerned.

Since nothing has really happened yet (although JR may want to mock the Cards' skipper for last night's loss), here's a little historical tidbit to tide us over:

I know it's only April 2, but on May 2, 1917 (almost 90 years ago, depending on how many significant digits you're using) opposing pitchers for the Cubs and Reds pitched no-hitters against each other in the same game. Fred Tony of Cincinnati maintained his no-hitter through the 10th inning, when the Reds finally got to Chicago's Hippo Vaughn for two hits and an unearned run. The Reds won, 1-0.

Also, I'd like to say how cool it is that these baseball threads are so popular, despite some dissent. The three most popular threads ever on the basketball forum have been off-topic baseball threads. One other makes the top 6, and one other was deleted (not that I'm bitter. . .).

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So happy Opening Day!
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First!

who's Chuck Elias?
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I know it's only April 2, but on May 2, 1917 (almost 90 years ago, depending on how many significant digits you're using) opposing pitchers for the Cubs and Reds pitched no-hitters against each other in the same game. Fred Tony of Cincinnati maintained his no-hitter through the 10th inning, when the Reds finally got to Chicago's Hippo Vaughn for two hits and an unearned run. The Reds won, 1-0.
i remember that game -- my pops and I were there and we had great seats right behind the dugout. then that damn steve bartman messed everything up in the 10th.
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Thanks, Chuck, for reminding us that spring is here, along with the eternal optimism it brings.

This is the day that everyone is in first place, for a little while.

(Well, except for the Cardinals, who have lost WAY more than everyone else... )
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OK, While I've been one of the people who has expressed my displeasure with this thread in the past, apparently it's a fixture, so I may as well roll with it.

My beloved Cubbies are up for sale. PLEASE MARK CUBAN -- WRITE THE DAMN CHECK ALREADY!!!!

And, we're in first place, at least for a few more hours. But, there's always next year.
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Yup, they had the Budweiser Clydesdales at the opening game in St. Louis. They were making a delivery to LaRussa.
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Fred Tony of Cincinnati maintained his no-hitter through the 10th inning, when the Reds finally got to Chicago's Hippo Vaughn for two hits and an unearned run.
Absolutely amazing! Ninety years later the Cubbies start another hippo, Carlos Zambrano. He goes about 450, doesn't he?
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I was just thinking the other day. The weather is warm, my golf clubs and umpire gear is in the car, the grass is green, Wood and Prior are on the DL. It must be baseball season.
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Don't forget about Prior whining like a Florida Gator about having to start the season in Iowa.
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Absolutely amazing! Ninety years later the Cubbies start another hippo, Carlos Zambrano. He goes about 450, doesn't he?
Get it straight:

Wells = hippo
Zambrano = rhino

Sheesh.
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Yup, they had the Budweiser Clydesdales at the opening game in St. Louis. They were making a delivery to LaRussa.
And, from what I saw, he stayed awake the entire game.
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Don't forget about Prior whining like a Florida Gator about having to start the season in Iowa.
Who wouldn't complain about having to spend time in Iowa?
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Yup, they had the Budweiser Clydesdales at the opening game in St. Louis. They were making a delivery to LaRussa.
And the fun begins . . .
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Old Mon Apr 02, 2007, 04:48pm
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Schilling didn't have a good Opening Day.
His line:
IP H RERBBSOHRPC-STERA
C Schilling4.085525089-5511.25
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Gil Meche, on the other hand, tore it UP. Anyone out there ever play those protrade.com websites? If you want to, PM me an email address and I'll shoot you an invite to play.
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