A whole lot better off than the fools he left here

Daisuke at Spring Training 2008. Photo taken by Kelly O’Connor/sittingstill.net. Used with permission

So am I supposed to be bummed that the USA is out of the WBC or can I just be happy that Daisuke pitched well again? I guess anything that bums out Tommy Lasorda can’t be all bad.

Truthfully, the Daisuke news is a bigger deal for me. Regrettably, I discovered during this tournament that I really wanted Team USA to win. Bud Selig strikes again.

Given, excluding today, there are only eight days left in March, my baseball focus is almost solely on the fact that Spring Training is just about over. As I’ve mentioned, because KellyO dominates the Virtual Waiting Room, I’ll be alongside her at Citi Field on April 3rd and 4th and, even though those games don’t “count”, I’m really looking forward to that. Then, of course, there’s Opening Day at Fenway. I’ll be going, again, this year with my sister so that should make for a fun time as well. I’m not usually one to want time to kick it up a notch, but I’m making an exception for this next week.

With Josh DANIEL (why is it so difficult for me to remember this kid’s name??) Bard and Michael Bowden being sent to the minor league camp, and with Kyle Snyder having already sent to his I’m reminded at how difficult it is to get information on these guys once this happens. During the regular season it’ll be a little easier (I’m looking forward to finding out if Buffalo Bisons coverage is any more comprehensive than any of the coverage for the Sox minor league teams) but right now it will be tough to get much information on them. Yet another reason for me to look forward to the official start of the season.

Japan versus Korea on ESPN at 9:30 tonight. Well, at least they won’t be throwing Daisuke out there to throw 1000 pitches.

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