Around The Majors - 2nd Edition

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Well, since not much has been happening with the Mets, I thought it would be a good time to look at what's been going on Around the Majors.

- The Washington Nationals are making a run at being the second franchise in the 4 major sports to lose 10,000 games (the first being the Phillies, heh). Starting the season 0-7, the Nationals did manage did get a game to go into extra innings. Too bad it aint hockey; no points for that feat. Oh, and they sent Lastings Milledge to Triple-A.

- The Yankees had to watch the Tampa Bay Rays hoist their American League Banner to the rafters in The Tropicana Dome as the Rays played their home opener against New York. Even worse for the Yanks, their best pitcher was Nick Swisher who pitched a scoreless eighth for the bombers. Think George is having heartburn? I do.

- The L.A. Dodgers also hosted their first game in 2009 as the home crowd got to watch their new second baseman (who the Mets FAILED to sign) record the first cycle by a Dodger in nearly 30 years. It was a smashing home debut for Orlando Hudson, who legged out an infield single in the first inning, hit a solo homer to left in the third, stroked an RBI double in the fourth and raced for a lead-off triple in the sixth. He finished the day 4-for-5 with three runs scored.

- Harry Kalas, the treasured voice of Philadelphia summers and unforgettable falls, died Monday in Washington. "We lost our voice," Phillies president David Montgomery said. He was 73 years old. As I tweeted, he did get to see his team win it all right before he went. Too bad he rooted for the Phils though. Rest in peace, Mr. Kalas.

- The Chicago White Sox celebrated. Twice. Jermaine Dye homered in Thursday's game climbing to career home run No. 300, and six pitches later, on a full-count, Paul Konerko cleared the left-field fence for his 300th home run. They became the first pair of teammates to hit a century home run milestone, considered 300 or above, in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.