Play Ball!

Crawled out of bed a few minutes ago after grabbing a 2 1/2-hour “nap,” and was in the midst of wiping away tears created by one yawn after a nother when I heard ESPN broadcaster say, “The Red Sox, the defending champions and favored to win another.”

Perhaps I’m dreaming.

Nope.  Thorne just mentioned that Boston’s J.D. Drew was scratched with an injury just before the lineup cards were brought out to the umpires. Definitely not dreaming.

Anyway, Joe Blanton just threw the first pitch _ a strike on the inside corner to Dustin Pedroia, the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year. One significant absence for the A’s: No Eric Chavez at third base. First time that’s happened on Opening Night since 1998.

More updates later.