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[April *] 5, 2012 [LINK / comment]
Opening Day (Night) 2012!
Wow! Ready or (in my case) not, baseball season is here at last! The Miami Marlins had the honor of ushering in the 2012 regular season by hosting the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in their brand-new home on the site of the old Orange Bowl. The 37,400-seat concrete marvel was filled to capacity, the first time the Marlins have had a sold-out game in several years. What a difference from those paltry crowds of 5,000 or less that showed up for many games in recent years! The fans were obviously thrilled to see the big new star on their team, Jose Reyes. He got two hits, but that was as many as the rest of his team got, so they lost. The Cardinals got on the board with two runs in the first inning, thanks to David Freese, the MVP of World Series 2011. The departure of Albert Pujols didn't seem to affect how well they played. It could be another interesting year in the National League Central Division, as well as in the East.
Tomorrow will be Opening Day for most other teams, including the Washington Nationals, who start the season on the road, in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Actually, Opening Day was last week, when the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics split a pair of games in the Tokyo Dome. I'll have to update that diagram sometime soon...
Marlins Park update
Speaking of which, I did update the Marlins Park diagram with several detail corrections, and got started on a full-view version that will eventually show the entire retractable roof opening and closing. I'll have to put something in that diagram to show where that multicolored circus thing in center field is, as I did with the Coke bottle and glove in the AT&T Park diagram. Enjoy!
I finally updated the "Stadium construction" table in the right column of the baseball blog page. However, inasmuch as there are no longer any Major League Baseball stadiums under construction (the first time that has been the case in over a quarter century!), I will soon delete that table. I also updated the "If I were Commissioner" blurb in the left column of that page, to reflect the fact that the Houston Astros will move to the AL Western Division next year, contrary to my hopes.
More news, comments on Marlins Park, and other cool stuff will be coming real soon!
* CORRECTED DATE: It previously said "March."
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January 3, 2012 ~ Campaign 2012: All eyes are on Iowa
January 9, 2012 ~ Superdome (name and diagram) update
March 24, 2012 ~ Spring (or is it Summer ?) Training 2012!
April 1, 2012 ~ Goodlatte faces challenges from the left and the right
April 17, 2012 ~ Nationals start 2012 season on a winning note
June 11, 2012 ~ Bird breeding season is here!
June 24, 2012 ~ Strasburg wins his sixth in a row
June 19, 2012 ~ University of Virginia's president forced to resign
June 28, 2012 ~ Supreme Court upholds Obamacare (But why?)
July 17, 2012 ~ R.I.P. Cliff Fretwell (1938-2012)
August 14, 2012 ~ Baseball road trip 2012: Chicago & Cleveland
September 1, 2012 ~ Vacation 2012: travelogue and photos galore!
September 10, 2012 ~ Nats come stormin' back, get a BIG win
September 14, 2012 ~ Paul Ryan visits the Shenandoah Valley
September 19, 2012 ~ It's fall bird migration season!
September 20, 2011 ~ Humala is inaugurated president of Peru
September 25, 2012 ~ Nationals get back at Brewers, twice
October 12, 2012 ~ Romney wins the debate, cheers the Valley
October 13, 2012 ~ Deja vu: The Cardinals do it again
October 30, 2012 ~ Deja vu: Giants are World Champions, again
November 7, 2012 ~ Decision 2012: Obama wins by a clear margin
November 12, 2012 ~ U.S. Congress to remain divided (and stalemated?)
November 25, 2012 ~ Stadium comparison page updates
December 22, 2012 ~ End of the world? Not yet!
December 24, 2012 ~ Sunshine state mass update
December 24, 2012 ~ New Anglican archbishop named
December 31, 2012 ~ Are you ready for some (postseason) football?
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