Joined the game a little late, in the second inning, thanks to technical difficulties. God, MLB,tv is awful. If this were a regular season game I’d be going out my mind – it was constantly freezing, skipping, and distorting the image, with the sound going in and out, but mostly out, and never synched up to the picture. When there is a picture. To add insult to injury, it was the NESN feed. When Bud Selig suggested this as a viable alternative for people who won’t be able to get Direct TV to watch MLB Extra Innings, I snorted Diet Coke out of my nose.
Anyway, I got it up and running just in time to see Carl Pavano get knocked around a little bit by the Sox. He had a decent outing, but also got lucky when a number of very hard-hit balls made beelines for the fielders. I know I sound like a broken record, but it really is still too early to predict much based on this; sounds like Joe Torre liked what he saw, at least. The final score was 7-5, but the Yanks only had four regulars in their lineup.
Meanwhile, reporters (and Willie Randolph himself) are starting to murmur about the Mets’ poor spring training record. I wonder if the same qualities that made them struggle after they clinched the division last season might lead to a losing spring — they just have a hard time turning it on for games that don’t matter? Anyway, it could be worse: the Devil Rays are 1-11.
I think this is a landmark post: I actually discussed Carl Pavano’s pitching without making a joke at his expense! The guy’s making progress.