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Opening Day 2006

So two things began today. I began the Body for Life diet, and the Cubs begin the 2006 season. Let’s hope both go well.

I actually got up this morning at 5:10am and worked out. It wasn’t easy I won’t lie, but the feeling of doing that, and then you have the rest of the day in front of you is really quite wonderful. But I don’t want to have to go to bed at 9:00pm every night do I? I suppose at this point in my life I have no excuse to not do something like this, but I’ve never really tried it before, so any prayers you wanna send up for me would be most appreciated. If I’m successful, I’ll put up before and after pictures (and I’ll make sure to get my whole body waxed, whiten my teeth, and be in much better lighting like all the other before and after pictures).

I also was going to do a Cubs Season Preview kind of thing, but I guess I’m a little late for that now. I’ve been planning this diet all weekend, and it just slipped my mind to do this. So I’ll just run through my quick baseball thoughts:

– I’m pretending like Wood and Prior don’t exist, because this is getting ridiculous

– I like how young and how fast we are now, but there are still a lot of question marks, too many to really have high expectations this year. But hope springs eternal on Opening Day.

– I’m actually very excited to see Murton and Cedeno playing everyday

– The White Sox are going to be really good again

– The Cardinals and Astros will not be as good, and I think the NL Central could really be up for grabs. But I think the Cubs just have too many question marks, but here’s my prediction for the NL Central:

St. Louis
Milwaukee

Chicago
Houston
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati

– I think it’s time the Braves got dethroned, but they’ll still be right around 10 or 12 games over 500 I think, and it’s just going to be up to the Phillies or the Mets to actually win. In other words, I don’t think the Braves will choke. I hope the Phillies do it.

Well I think that’s it for now. I’m still not sure how I’m going to organize my baseball thoughts as the season goes on, but I’ll figure out something.

Go Cubs!

8 thoughts on “Opening Day 2006”

  1. Hey, you snuck that thing about the Body for Life diet into a sports post and so I nearly missed it. Awesome! Way to go. I don’t care about the rest.

  2. I started going to the gym back in January, because I got a free 3-month membership for renewing my lease. And I forced myself to go three times a week (although I go in the evenings because I can’t make myself get up that early–props to you on that), and I got to liking it, and now I haven’t been for 9 days because I was sick, and it’s driving me crazy. The lesson is–stick with it until it becomes an obsession, and you’re golden. Related lesson: if I can start enjoying running (albeit mostly running on a treadmill), anybody can.

    We *believe* in you, Morgan!

  3. 2 highlights from Bill Simmons’ opening day running diary:
    1:15 — Just watched some of Derek Lowe’s first inning for the Dodgers: Single, out, walk, single, three-run home run … capped off by the 2006 premiere of the Derek Lowe Face. As Ryan from Akron later writes, “It’s nice to see the Derek Lowe face come out on Opening Day. It finally feels like baseball season.” Amen, Ryan. Amen.

    1:23 — Ortiz ropes a two-out RBI double which would have been a one-out, two-RBI double if Gonzalez didn’t inexplicably wander off second base on Crisp’s pop-up to center. 6-2, Red Sox. Clearly, Big Papi realizes that he needs to hit .600 with 162 HRs and 486 RBI for a DH to win the A.L. MVP award. Nothing less will suffice.

    The Red Sox won on opening day for the first time since 2000…which was the last year the yankees won the world series…

    Anyways, I have a feeling this season’s going to be a lot of fun.

  4. Not to comment on a comment, but I hate Derek Lowe. What a waste of money that head case is. But I’d submit that the Derek Lowe Face isn’t as good a reminder that it’s baseball season as Nomar’s being on the DL. *sigh*

    Los Angeles Dodgers: where mediocre players go to (finally) die.

  5. pcg, feel free to comment on comments. Tim’s comments on sports stuff are usually better than my posts. Yeah I’m not a big Derek Lowe fan either, and while I think Nomar is probably going to die in LA (or at least his career will), I think when I saw Grudzelanek, or however you spell that, traded to the Royals, I think that’s really the last step to finally dying. So don’t worry the Dodgers aren’t the last rung in the death ladder (kind of like Quarterbacks with the Bears).

  6. Okay, Morgan, you call yourself a Cubs fan and you can’t spell Grudzielanek? By the way, he wasn’t traded to the Royals – he signed there of his own free will and volition, as did Reggie Sanders (perhaps in an underhanded attempt by Bud Selig to create a cross-state “rivalry” between the Cardinals and Royals).

    I agree that Prior and Wood are ridiculous. And the Red Headed Wonder (RHW) is awesome. (By the way, I’m a friend of Bethany’s in case you have no idea who this is.)

  7. Now be honest, did you look up Grudzitimomonster before typing it? I was thinking of looking it up before typing that, and I thought ah, what do I care. He’s not a Cub anymore. And if you’re a friend of Bethany’s from UGA then you probably are all into spelling a grammar and stuff (rhetoric if you will). But I never thought about the Bud Selig trying to start a cross town rivalry. That’s a really interesting theory. I like it!

    And yes, RHW is quite awesome.

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