Baseball? Stable? Who'd have thunk it?

Opening Day provides an oasis of sanity in an otherwise-turbulent sports world

Originally Published: March 30, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

There is still snow on the ground in parts of New England -- and possibly as much as another foot of it expected Friday in an April Fools' Day cruelty -- but it is, finally and officially, baseball season. The San Francisco Giants (who shouldn't have to worry about snow at their opener in Los Angeles on Thursday night) begin the 2011 season as something they never have been: defending World Series champions. The Texas Rangers, too, are treading unfamiliar turf, approaching Opening Day as defending ...

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