Marty Lurie Talks San Francisco Giants Baseball

Daily Dish March 31st, 2002

The season starts today and it couldn’t come at a better time. Leonard Koppett, Hall of Fame baseball writer told me that no matter how long spring training is, it is one week too long. So, it is time to play ball.Take a look at my Baseball Chatter page for my predictions on all the races in 2002.

Tonight, Bartolo Colon goes for the Indians against Jarrod Washburn of the Angels. Opening Day traditionally had been celebrated in Cincinnati. In past years the Reds were given the honor of starting the season before every other major league club. They would have a big parade, it was a day game, it was a rite of spring to see that lone box score from Crosley Field or Riverfront Stadium.

I guess Edison International Field in Anaheim will do. At least it’s one California energy company that keeps its lights on. The Angels had a good spring. They hit the ball well and I expect them to get off to a good start. Remember when Aaron Sele goes to the hill for Anaheim, he is all world in April.

The season lasts 162 games. Don’t freak out if your favorite team loses a few early. The A’s were 8-18, then went 94-44 to finish with 102 wins. Seattle won 116 games. The AL West is determined not to let the Mariners get a big jump early on the field.

This year has so many mysteries. Baseball 2002 is one book that will be fun to read every day. Have a good time.


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