It’s the first day of April, and that can only mean one thing: Opening Day for the Giants and A’s! I know you were thinking April Fools’ Day, but we don’t like to deceive our readers (right?).
Anyways, here are some stories to start off your Monday morning:
The 2013 Oakland Athletics are the inhabitants of a different type of streak. A streak of a dubious nature has plagued the team for multiple seasons now. Dating back to 2005, the A’s have lost the last 8 consecutive opening days. Yes fans, since the belovedArthur Rhodes closed out a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on April 5th, 2004, the A’s have not had a taste of season opening glory since Friendster was the dominant social network on the web.
- Devin Pangaro, Swingin’ A’s
The absence of splashy additions might have left some wondering if the Giants could have done more to gird for their latest title defense — particularly while around the N.L. West, the Dodgers took on baseball’s highest payroll and the Diamondbacks, if more quietly, made a flurry of offseason moves.
- Matt Kawahara, MercedSun-Star
Put yourself in McKenzie’s shoes. You can pay a quarterback you’re not sold on, Palmer, $13 million this year, another year the cap is so tight it’s squeezing every position group on the roster. Or you can pay Matt Flynn $5.25 million in salary, not knowing if he’s going to be your quarterback of the future but knowing he’s got a better chance than anyone on your current roster.
- Peter King, Sports Illustrated
It was as if the San Jose Sharks winger was already traded, already gone and forgotten. A cold statistical season in which Clowe has yet to score in 28 games and his coming off a recent shoulder injury, hasn’t stopped the hot pursuit of the pending unrestricted free agent.
- Ben Kuzma, The Montreal Gazette