Posted at 5:41 PM on April 2, 2006
by Josh Lee
As I stagger around my apartment in a semi-annual state of Daylight Saving Time-induced discombobulation, I'm trying to get it into my head that it's Opening Day. Well, it's not exactly Opening Day Opening Day, per se; it's the Opening Day Before Opening Day, when baseball's scheduling gods present us with a game featuring the reigning champions and an up-and-coming division rival to whet our appetites for the real smorgasbord of games that kicks off tomorrow. Then TV's scheduling gods go and slot the game in on ESPN 2, as March Madness drags on into April.
Meanwhile, the Twins have been making preparations for their own opener on Tuesday by getting their 25-man roster settled. Francisco Liriano made the cut, even after getting pulled over for driving under the influence. It seems that the team is not going to take any disciplinary actions against Liriano, choosing instead to "let the law take its course," because while performance-enhancing substances are banned in baseball, performance-detracting substances are your own problem.
The big surprise on the Twin's opening-day roster is the absence of Jason Bartlett, who'll be cooling his heels in Rochester while he learns about "leadership" or something. But hey, Lewwwwww Ford and Nick "Master of the Walk-Off Bunt" Punto are in, so I'm happy.