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Did You Hear That?? It's Baseball!! (April 01, 2008 - 5:25 a.m.)

Well, baseball season has started, and there is much rejoicing among at least two members of our household.

But the rejoicing was short-lived as we watched our Rangers fall to the Seattle Mariners by the score of 5-2.

It started off with a bang as Michael Young hit a nice home run in the first inning. But that was all they got until the 8th, and it was too late then, because the Mariners already had 5 by then, thanks in part to a couple of sloppy passed balls by catcher Gerald Laird.

Sigh. Unfortunately, it looks a lot like where we left our "heroes" last year. But it was just one of 162. Many of us will be thrilled if they just make .500 (81-81) for the season. Sports Illustrated predicts them dead last with a less than .500 record.

Of course SI also puts the Red Sox in second place behind the Evil Empire. I may have to cancel my subscription...

Elsewhere around the MLB, Kansas City shocked the Tigers (the team that SI predicts will win the whole shebang this year) 5-4. Heh. The Royals are in first place! They'd better enjoy it while it lasts.

The Yankees got rained out. How appropriate. The other team from Texas, the Astros, got shut out 4-0 by the Padres. The Twins beat the Los Angeles Anaheim California Orange County Angels 3-2. That's good.

That's it for baseball this morning...

I saw something night before last that really disturbed me, but it was one of those situations where you really can't do anything.

I was at the Racetrac store getting my nightly soft drink and jug of water on the way to work. As I was getting out of my van, a mother and two girls came out of the store. The older of the two was carrying the younger, who was barely a toddler. The oldest was probably somewhere between 5 and 8. They were in a small pickup. The older girl opened her door, put the toddler in the middle between her and the mother and got in. There was no child seat in the vehicle at all. To make matters worse, neither child put on a seat belt. I could see from my vantage point that this did not happen. I wanted to go slap the mother silly. Instead I walked into the store praying that they did not get involved in an accident on the way home, because it would not take much to kill one of the children under those circumstances.

Sigh. What a world.

TTFN, y'all!

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