Well. That wasn’t what we’d hoped for. But, that was just a practice game, right? No? That part of the year is over? Huh. Well, then.
The Cardinals opened last night (late last night) in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. They struck first after back-to-back hits from Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday. And, Adam Wainwright held Arizona scoreless through three innings.
And that’s where things turned from “Yay! It’s Opening Day!” to “Oh, boy. Here we go again.”
Of course the reactions are over the top. But, that’s what we do.
We see Waino struggle and we wonder if the fact that he had to ninja swipe a liner off his shoulder early in the game caused him to tighten up. We see Carlos Beltran (and Jon Jay, for that matter) fail to cover ground effectively in the outfield and we question their defensive proficiency, and the Oscar Taveras option. Matt Holliday and Daniel Descalso foolishly try to take an extra base and get thrown out, and we decide the season is doomed.
Then we see Yadier Molina do the Molina thing — throwing people out, hitting doubles, scoring runs — and hope springs fresh!
Alas, *ahem* should I say, “S-alas,” it wouldn’t last. And the panic began again.
Ahhh, haven’t you missed baseball that actually means something?
Sure, we’d all like a do-over on today. No one, though, wants that more than Mr. Wainwright, who has yet to have a stellar Opening Day start. But, unless you can figure out how to turn that do-over button pictured above into the real thing, that’s not an option. So, we take today for what it was — game 1 of 162 — and move forward.
Today’s a new day.
Jaime Garcia faces off against Trevor Cahill at 8:40 p.m. Clean slate. New score. Game on.
Tara is a St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball and a contributor to Around the Horn. Follow her on Twitter @tarawellman.