An ominous meeting on 6/6/06

An ominous meeting on 6/6/06

Maybe it is an omen, but it looks like 6/6/06 is going to be one hell of a good time for baseball fans.

History shows that will experience one of the highest-traffic days of any Internet site on this day, and in this case an annual event is converging with some significant Major League developments that may keep you here all day and night. Here are just 10 reasons it will be a day unlike any other:

First-Year Player Draft. The sheer volume of people interested in this is overwhelming, making it a pro sports draft unlike any other. It draws the attention of high school and college prospects across the land, their families, their friends, their schools, their hometowns, 30 MLB parent clubs and their full organizations, and their fans from MLB to rookie leagues. The early rounds were seen by millions through live video coverage on, and you can keep following it on MLB Radio and with the Draft Tracker.

Angels vs. Devil Rays. It just had to happen on 6/6/06. All-Star candidate Scott Kazmir is on the mound for the home team against Ervin Santana, whose last name has some interesting anagram possibilities.

Roger Clemens' first outing. The Rocket starts at 7 p.m. ET for Class A Lexington in the first of three scheduled Minor League outings on his way back to the Houston Astros, and MiLB.TV is the way for fans to see how he looks at this point. A Single Day Pass is just $3.95, and for $19.95 you can watch all available Minor League games the rest of this season -- featuring every Triple-A team. Clemens will be on the same team as his son Koby, and his tentative schedule calls for subsequent starts at Double-A and Triple-A before his 2006 Astros debut on June 22 against Minnesota on MLB.TV.

Red Sox at Yankees. Red Sox fans are not happy about what their patched-up rival Yankees did to Josh Beckett in the opener of this latest chapter in The Rivalry. The second round of this four-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. in the Bronx.

Tigers at White Sox. At the end of April, the defending world champions had the best record in baseball. At the end of May, the Tigers surprisingly had that distinction. They still do. Now they are 1-2 atop the American League Central and embroiled in a big "statement" series at U.S. Cellular Field. Sox starter Freddy Garcia has beaten Detroit once this season, and he is now trying to end a personal two-game skid.

Reds at Cardinals. There is suddenly more concern in St. Louis, where Albert Pujols is on the 15-day disabled list and the Reds have won five in a row to reduce the Cardinals' National League Central lead to just two games. That means Chris Carpenter's scheduled return tonight is not a moment too soon at new Busch.

AL All-Star voting updates. Get ready for a lot of rumbling. The Red Sox and Yanks dominated the first voting results that were announced a week ago, and now it is time to see who is making their moves. Did the defending world champs get some voter love? Many visitors to today will be racking up those 25 allotted votes with the All-Star online ballot -- especially after they see the latest tally.

Pedro at Chavez Ravine. The Mets are in Los Angeles for the second of three games, and Pedro Martinez is on the hill for the NL East leaders. How many people remember that he began his career there in 1992? It's also a chance to see him against his former Boston teammate, rejuvenated Nomar Garciaparra.

Father's Day Shopping. This has to be included, because it's that time of year and there is not a more perfect place in the world to find a Father's Day gift than the Shop. Just ask everyone who will be loading up their carts today. Simply put, you can't go wrong. There are even ties that Dad actually wants.

His Day Will Come. Phillies phenom Cole Hamels is back on the mound tonight in Arizona, and hoping for his first Major League victory. There's a Damion in the way, as Mr. Easley has been terrorizing NL opposition lately for the first-place Diamondbacks.

Babe Ruth once said that baseball "was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world." Especially on days like this. There are omens everywhere you look.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.