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by Jason Epstein

The first weekend of the regular season is over. The Phillies, Reds, Orioles, and Rangers stand undefeated, whereas the Astros, Brewers, Rays, and Red Sox have yet to notch a victory.

Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick and three others are on track to easily surpass Barry Bonds’ single-season home-run record. Indians hurler Fausto Carmona sports a nightmarish 30.00 ERA, after allowing more earned runs in his Opening Day start than he had in his first four starts last year.

Are postseason tickets being printed inside one of the Camden Yards warehouses? Of course not. Is Terry Francona on the hot seat? Puh-leeze.

Noting that Kansas City’s first four games constitute a mere 2.4 percent of the regular season, Will McDonald of the Royals Review blog puts the figure into proper perspective:

  • 2.4% of the NFL season puts you in the second quarter of the first game, nearing halftime
  • 2.4% of the NBA season puts you in the fourth quarter of the second game, nearing the buzzer.
  • 2.4% of the Masters puts you on the second hole, somewhere in the fairway.

And for good measure, he points out:

  • 2.4% of a four year stint in college puts you in early October of your freshman year.

…which, coincidentally, was pretty much when I finally showed up on-time to an 8:00 am class.

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