And the tanks…are they half full or half empty?
That is, if it’s half at all. Could be less than a quarter-tank. Could be the needle is a hair above empty.
Could be fumes.
We don’t know. But we’re going to find out soon enough. In a fortnight.
Two exhibition games with the Pirates in Philly, Friday and Saturday.
Then, faster than you can say, “goodbye DeSean,” six on the road — three with the Rangers and three with the Cubs — before the home opener on Monday, April 7. Will they limp back into Citizen’s Bank Park, tail between their legs? Or come back proud — the Beast ready to lead in the East?
I say, they’ll jump out quickly, maybe sweeping Texas and the Cubs, before returning home to open against the Brewers.
I say, the three professors — Rollins, Utley and Howard — with Bryd, Brown, Chooch and Revere, is plenty enough offense. When Ruf get’s back and Sandberg goes with a four-five man outfield platoon, the offense will purr even more. Who knows, maybe Cody Asche will come alive.
I say, the rotation will hold together until Hamels is fit, and the bullpen will pick up the slack left hanging by Hamel’s off season tendinitis.
And I say, perhaps Dear Leader will grab an extra arm like Joe Blanton or Vance Worley, both recently released — one of those last minute deals that turns magical.
What say you?
Ron, what are you drinking?
Well, since you asked, a Cabernet we brought home from dinner at the Prime Rib in Center City, our favorite restaurant — on Denise’s birthday. Its name is Penn’s Woods. It was our second bottle.
But my optimism has nothing to do with the good Cab.