PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 01: Pitcher Brett Myers #39 of the Houston Astros delivers to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the second inning of opening day at Citizens Bank Park on April 1, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
I may be prone to exaggeration. I may also use too many exclamation points in my writing, though I've tried to curb that.
I just headed into a meeting, however, with the Astros leading the Phillies 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth and looking for all purposes like this Astros team would be starting the season 1-0 for the first time since 2006.
No. In one fell swoop, Brandon Lyon crushed that dream. He of the absurd contract we've all defended for the past 18 months. He of the surprising effectiveness after Matt Lindstrom was hurt again and again.
Three runs. One out and the first loss of the season.