Every time I throw this ball, a hundred different things can happen in a game. He might swing and miss, he might hit it. The point is, you never know. You try to anticipate, set a strategy for all the possibilities as best you can, but in the end it comes down to throwing one pitch after another and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins to take shape….In fact, the game wouldn’t be worth playing if we knew what was going to happen.

— Commander Benjamin Sisko in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Emissary,” written by Rick Berman and Michael Piller

Seeing what happens

“I’m not sure how something can be the same over and over and over and over again and yet be so wonderful. There’s a lot excitement. There’s certainly some anxiety. There’s probably a small piece of terror. Did we cover everything?
Things like that. But it’s the same every year. It never changes. I hope it doesn’t. It’s a great feeling.”

Terry Francona in the Boston Globe

Terry Francona on Opening Day

Bartolo Colon is going to do his best to give me another year where there is at least one active major league ballplayer older than me.

The 42-year-old Mets right-hander told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert that he wants to pitch in 2016 and hopes to catch Pedro Martinez for second place in wins by a Dominican pitcher. (Colon currently has 218 career wins, one less than Pedro.)

“For me to be with Pedro second most wins by a Dominican is specials, but I know Pedro was a better pitcher than me,” Colon said.

Bartolo wants to pitch in 2016