Saturday, April 3, 2010
The Great Rivalry Launches a New Season The forecast for Fenway tomorrow night is fair and unseasonably warm. Good enough. It has been a long winter. Josh Beckett vs. C.C. Sabathia as the best rivalry in baseball tees up the season. This time of year - just before a new season unfolds - I always recall the classic comment of the great Rogers Hornsby. He holds the record for the all-time highest batting average by a right handed hitter. His .358 lifetime average is the record for the National League. He hit .424 in 1924. The guy could hit. He also loved the great game. "People ask me," Hornsby said, "what I do in the winter time when there is no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." The wait is almost over.