Let's get this started..

So here we go again. Great time of the year, when every MLB team has a record of 0-0. Heck, even the Baltimore Orioles have a gentleman's chance of winning it all. Yes, the Orioles!

The sporting media at large is absolutely chock full of stories on the World Champion Boston Red Sox and their chances of repeating, and taking the 2008 World Series.

Prior to checking out the various articles, how does closer supreme Jon Papelbon feel about Boston's chances?
"We have to go out there and defend the title and try to keep the championship in the city of Boston. It's going to be tough, but there's no reason we can't do that. If we stay healthy and play consistently we can do it."
What is it they say, speak softly and carry a fireballing, nay an inferno-balling closer?

Jayson Stark of ESPN is fast becoming one of the strongest, most readable Baseball writers on the block, for me his work has always been informative but has become more entertaining in the last couple of seasons. His piece on how Boston isn't an underdog anymore, is well worth a read.

The Boston Globe, as you can imagine, is chock full of Red Sox goodies, the night before game one.

What does Yahoo Sports think about Dice-K's chances of pitching a complete game tomorrow? Let's find out!

MLB.com has a good piece on the unique nature of the opener.
''In an opener like none other in the storied history of the club, that is exactly what will happen when the defending World Series champions formally kick off their title defense under the roof of Tokyo Dome against the Oakland Athletics.''
Actually, on the theme of setting your alarm clock, oddly enough living in Ireland is actually beneficial for once in terms of watching the Sox, game time tomorrow? A very respectable ten in the am. Not bad at all.

How about USA Today reporting on Manny saying he is aiming for 600 long bombs?

Finally some quick hits. The always entertaining Eric Wilbur. Those funny fellas at 'Surviving Grady' and last but very much not least, the excellent 'Coffin Corner'.

First pitch tomorrow morning, and I can't wait.