The Golden Days Are Here!

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Yesterday evening, in a marquee matchup showcasing two teams that will be interesting to watch until September, the New York Mets faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the inaurgural game of the 2007 MLB season.

It's the start of an impossibly grueling run that will extend through six months of nearly daily play. Can you hear the collective groans from girlfriends across America who will ask their enlightened mates how long the season is and then be unsure they heard correctly? (Wait, 162 games?)

81 homes games. 81 away games. A single season that tests the utmost limits of human durability, athletic skill and determination.

The Cleveland Indians, who I will be writing about with much passion, open their season today at 2:05 p.m. versus Chicago White Sox - one of four teams who could win the AL Central Division.

Links to everything you need to know about the Tribe inside...

Several analysts (I'm being quite selective here) have picked the Tribe to not only win the division, but also to appear in the World Series. For those who remember the last time we were in the Series, October 1997 against the Florida Marlins, that is sweet music, indeed.

As I've mentioned before, the lineup is there. We were second in the league in runs last year, and the addition of Trot Nixon and David Dellucci should add to our unmistakable power behind the plate. The front office also added some needed bullpen muscle, though the 40-man roster has only three right-handed pitchers (nine lefties).

Grab those seeds, son, and check these links:

Photo Gallery

Depth Chart

Active Roster

April Schedule

Star Stats: Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner, C.C. Sabathia, Jake Westbrook