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Encore Performances: A sour spring.

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Written for my old blog in April 2011.

Trivia time, for the few baseball fans in the crowd…

What do the less-than-immortal gentlemen in the following starting lineup have in common?
(Besides that none of them are in the Hall of Fame, of course.)

C: Jake Gibbs (1969)
1B: Dave Revering (1982)
2B: Enrique Wilson (2004)
3B: Mike Ferraro (1968)
SS: Wayne Tolleson (1988)
RF: Jim Lyttle (1971)
CF: Jerry Mumphrey (1981-83)
LF: Hensley Meulens (1991)
P: Dave LaPoint (1990)
DH: Bill Sudakis (1974)

Answer:
They have all, in the past 50 years, started on Opening Day for the New York Yankees.

As another baseball season full of dreams and promise lurches to a start, we again renew our hope that this year will bring embarrassment, infighting, underperformance, and a finish of no higher than third place for the Bronx Bombers.

Yes, even the bitterest of hopes grow strong and righteous in the April sunshine.

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