While at the Cardinals bar yesterday for Opening Day — the one from the book — we sat through an hour-and-a-half Cardinals rain delay just to hear that a 5-1 third-inning lead had been wiped out. The Cardinals aren't going to have many four runs leads this year. So losing one yesterday was unpleasant.
We were discussing with our fellow Cardinals dorks about which Opening Day was worse. This year's, in which a Cardinals team that will be struggling for wins had a likely victory (along with a Pujols homer and two Ankiel RBIs) washed away, or last year's, in which the Mets blew out the Cardinals and, oh yeah, Chris Carpenter hurt himself and still hasn't pitched, more than a year later.
Believe it or not, we decided that this year was actually worse. The anticipation of Opening Day is so palpable, so invigorating, that having the thrill of a four-run first inning, and a Pujols bomb, everything reminding you of what you've missed .... to see all that just splashed away, that's worse. At least it felt worse.
Alas. We'll be back out there tonight, regardless. After all, it's Kyle Lohse vs. Kip Wells. Now that's an Opening Day matchup.
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