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Does the season really start today?

I have absolutely no Opening Day/Night vibe working for me. None. Maybe as the game draws closer. Maybe once I get over the fact that the Orioles aren't home.

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It just doesn't feel the same. But it probably will as soon as Erik Bedard strikes out his first batter. And the Orioles attempt their first sacrifice bunt in the first inning.

I'll be watching the game on television, since I wasn't sent on this road trip. I haven't been given any assurances that I'll travel this year. We'll see.

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Prediction: The Orioles take two of three from the Twins. And they don't lose tonight.

Another prediction: 78 wins this season.

ESPN just showed Curt Schilling warming up before the Red Sox's opener. I swear that I spotted some blood on one of his socks.

The Yankees committed three errors in the first four innings, but they're leading the Devil Rays, 6-5, in the eighth.

If the Rays had any pitching at all, they'd be dangerous. Teams better beat up on them while they can.

I still love the Orioles' bullpen, but I'd feel a lot better about it if Chad Bradford had looked more like Chad Bradford this spring. And if Danys Baez looked a little less like the Danys Baez I remember from his Tampa Bay days. And if Chris Ray hadn't spent part of the spring trying to find the proper arm slot.

It seems like everyone in the organization is in agreement that John Parrish qualifies as the biggest surprise of the spring. Few people gave him a chance to make the club, especially with an option remaining. But there he is.

If anyone cares, Florida will blow out Ohio State tonight. And a guy in a ponytail will scream and pound his chest. A lot.

And I'll dislike him a little bit more.

Does Pete Sampras have a kid I can root for?

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