CINCINNATI Scott Rolen made an error on the second play of the season and it was as shocking as if somebody opened a bottle of Dom Perignon and found distilled water.
It just doesn't happen and Rolen has eight Gold Gloves in his Jasper, Ind., den to prove it.
And he proved it later in the game with at least three above-and-beyond plays, two of them of the spectacular persuasion, which is routine in Rolen's playbook.
The error? Maybe it was because Rolen was out at third base realizing that it could be the last Opening Day of his career and some rare emotion coursed through his blood. His contract expires after this season and Rolen hints of devoting his future days to fathering and husbanding.
"I was emotional," he said. "Maybe I'm being nostalgic because you never know what's around the corner. This could be my last Opening Day. So I tried to soak all of it up. I looked up in the stands when the game began and saw my brother, my parents and everybody. My brother gave me a big ...