The Rangers only got one hit today in their opener against King Felix and the M’s, a cheesy little blooper from Cecil Fielder in the 5th inning. That was it. But somehow they miraculously┬ácombined┬áthat wobbly drop shot with five Hernandez walks and a couple of tragic Seattle Mariners errors to pull off a wild come from behind 3-2 win. You don’t want to make a habit out of getting just one hit in a game. In fact, once a season will be plenty. Today they played “Little League ball,” as Fielder described it. And they made it work. Hello, Win Column!


I did come down with a bit of a cough and a trace of fever at about 2:45 this afternoon and reluctantly left the office so I could sit in front of the TV and feel better. Of course, at Central, our ministers and staff always celebrate Opening Day with a cookout lunch. We wear our baseball caps and T-shirts, we bring our gloves and play long toss across the street, and we eat a lot of baseball food: hot dogs and brats, nachos, peanuts and Cracker Jack, and ice cream sandwiches. We open up fresh packs of baseball cards and enjoy a traditional rite of spring together. Today the weather was a perfect sunny and 82-degrees with barely any wind at all.

OpeningDay2016MarkOn top of that, if Carolina wins the NCAA Championship tonight, I win our office pool and the Stanglin family pool. It’s been a while since I won any of these brackets. Two free lunches from Whitney and from Dowell will be sweet. Go Tarheels!