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Whew

So I've run (mostly walked) my first race! It was a bigger deal than I expected it would be. I'll try to write it up in the Alaska journal later today.

Listen up, you stickball fiends--baseball season starts TOMORROW! That's right, the Yankees versus the Devil Rays in Japan, where both teams have already played several exhibition games against the Hanshin Tigers and the Yomiuri Giants, and locals are delirious over the return of Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui (whither Ichiro?). The official Opening Day and first stateside game is on April 4. (NOT April 5th. You know who you are.)

To celebrate and spread the joy of this holy season, I offer this list of baseball links worth visiting:

The official MLB website
It's getting better and better each year. It used to suck, but it's great for keeping up with games and stats on a daily basis. I subscribed to the GameDay Audio package this year. I'm ready to give it a shot at redemption.

Baseball Primer
Here's a sample thread I found har-worthy -- ESPN's Pete Rose movie

Baseball Almanac
Alas, there are popup ads. But the quotations page more than makes up for them.
"Economics played a role. Raleighs have gone from six fifty to nine dollars a carton, but there's a three-quarter cent coupon on the back. You can get all kinds of things with them, blenders, everything. I saved up enough one time and got Al Bumbry."
--Earl Weaver

The Baseball Page
The best feature is the player pages.

Want more? Find everything you need on John Skilton's Baseball Links Page. And of course there are the usual suspects: ESPN, The Sporting News, USA Today, CBS Sportsline (good minor league coverage), CNN/SI . . . y'all know where to look.

Bonus Feature! A couple of links NOT worth visiting.

Ballpark Analysis
Their motto -- "Hey, at least we're not Joe Morgan." Well, that's cute, but I like Joe Morgan. I'd change the motto to "Hey, at least we're not Chip Caray." Also, the site hasn't been updated since February.

The "Official Home" of the MLBPA
You've never seen shallower content. Not surprising, eh? Too bad Donald Fehr doesn't have a column.