Near tragedy preceded opening day at Miller Park on Monday. During the annual Sausage Relay, the Italian Sausage was run over by his police escort. The sausage is okay. However, what does it say about your Major League Baseball team when it seems the only time they make national headlines is when something bad happens to one of it's sausage mascots? And why do the bad things only seem to happen to the Italian Sausage? And I wonder if former Pittsburgh Pirate Randall Simon has an alibi for the time of the accident.