I’ve got a new rooting interest just in time for Opening Day. Major League Baseball arranged for the A’s least flashy ballplayer, Country Joe Blanton to post a daily blog from Japan. And if it doesn’t totally endear you to the beefy Oakland starter, I recommend you enjoy a night of N.I.T basketball instead. On the cusp of Tuesday, the Athletics ace-by-default will toss out the first pitch thrown in anger for the 2008 season. Realizing that it might be the last time the nation’s eyes look to the A’s all season, take a moment before the moment to spend time with Big Joe first.