The Yankees host the Tigers at 1:05pm, but this shitty weather may push that game back a bit. It's already raining by me, and I am a measly five minutes from Yankee Stadium. Verlander vs. Sabathia. Two monsters on the mound. Given the chill in the air, the rainy forecase, and two stud pitchers, this one is looking like a pitcher's duel on paper.
Atlanta and Washington also starts at 1:05pm - not a lot of hub-bub to this one with Strasburg on the DL. Derek Lowe and Livan Hernandez. Both seasoned veterans on the bump, one of the ground ball specialist variety and the other of the head-scratching, "how's he keep doing this?" variety. The game also marks the official beginning of a new regime in ATL, the Fredi Gonzalez era. (Cox may be at the game, although it is in DC).
Milwaukee and Cincinnati begins at 2:10pm. Prized off-season coup Zack Greinke is not ready to go, so Yovanni Gallardo opposes Edison Volquez in a matchup of two rising stars on two relatively obscure teams. I think the Brew-Crew has a very good shot at that NL Central crown this year, but it all starts today with an inner-division tilt with the Reds.
Angels/Royals at 4:10pm. Jered Weaver and Luke Hochever. The cerebral Angels look to start the year off right with the doormat Royals in the other dugout. Hochevar is no Greinke and although maybe not today, the Royals will find this out the hard way. Weaver will begin his defense of the majors' 2010 strikeout leader (233). It's also the 50th Anniversary of the Angels organization. Congrats!! (Sorry MJ, for the Angels fan in your house!)
Pads and Redbirds at 4:15pm. Former Richmond Spider Tim Stauffer (no, not the mac 'n cheese guy) takes the mound for SD while the always dominant Chris Carpenter takes the mound for the home team. Stauffer is coming off a great year, albeit a short one - one in which he was 6-5 with a 1.85 ERA in 82.2 innings. Carpenter is always tough at home - to the tune of 12-4 with a 2.81 ERA last year. A pitcher's duel in the making? Possibly. Oh wait, there's that guy at 1B for the Cardinals, Pujols. Sorry Timmy!
The World Series Champion SF Giants travel south the face "Donny Baseball"'s Dodgers tonight in primetime, 8:00pm. Speaking of electric young arms, Time Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw. Are you kidding me? No wonder this is a pitchers division. And with "The Beard" lurking in the 9th (or 8th), the Dodgers had better get to Lincecum early. It's always a grudge match between these two NL West rivals. I'll be tuned in to this one tonight, no doubt!
I am still enamored with my iPad - probably the coolest gift I've ever recieved, and there are always new things coming out for it (not the iPad 2). I will never, ever get into a pissing match with electronics people, because once one thing comes out, the next one is not far after. So trying to keep up with the Jones' is impossible, unless you wanna go broke.
There's plenty of cool apps, features and games - too many to name but here's a few:
BlogPress for keeping up to date with my blog postings
Stick Golf HD rules! It's one of the most highly addicting games I've ever played. It's like Bejeweled x 20.
Coin Dozer is way easier than the real-life version, where it's impossible to win any of the prizes by pushing coins off the ledge. Lindsay is a Coin Dozer addict. I am actually looking into rehabilitation options.
NPR focuses on news stories related to things I enjoy - News, Arts & Life, and Music. Always up to date.
Cover Orange is like a newer Angry Birds. The goal is to drop items in order to create a home for oranges before they get hit with what looks like acid raindrops. Pretty cool and it requires some logic skills as well, to keep my bean thinking.
Friendly (Facebook) and the Twitter app also enable me to keep up with my social media life while traveling.
My iPad Keyboard Dock is outstanding as well - I even got the guy to preview it to prove it wasn't flimsy, as I'd heard. Turns out it's sturdy and excellent for posting from a hotel on the road or even on the bus itself.
Words With Friends is basically Scrabble. Except for the pricetag - $2.99. Scrabble is a whopping $9.99. I'll save myself seven buck thank you very much.
Another word game I enjoy is Word Solitaire. Totally worth the $0. It's another challenging game that is fun to play and very, very addicting. Sometimes it just pisses me off but I keep going back to it.
I'd love than MLB.com At Bat app, but I think I'll pass on the $14.99 pricetag and just track it online.
OK, time to get the day going. I slept in a little bit because my head felt like it was going to explode. I am a human barometer - if my head hurts, there's probably a chance it'll rain or snow or sleet or hail. Feeling a little better now, thanks for caring. Be back later, hopefully on Digital Darcy Photography with a new picture. (I know, I've been a slacker lately).
Oh, and Lindsay is officially 38 weeks today. Two more weeks (we think) til our lives change forever and Baby D is here. Yowza!