It’s a beautiful day here in New York, though there still is a bit of a chill lingering in the air. It’s as if Winter is telling us that it is not THAT far in the rear view mirror. The weather websites have been blathering on about some sort of “blocking’ in the air currents that is keeping colder air, and thus snow, as possibilities in our area until at least mid-August.. I mean, mid-April. Still, I can’t get too worked up over it, sine I know that baseball is winding down with Spring Training (I’m happy that the games are being played, but I’m also getting tired of seeing Minor Leaguers who I know won’t make the team dominating the late innings of these games while the Major Leaguers try to get as much time to work on their tan before leaving camp) coming to a close and games that actually count starting soon.
Here are my views on various topical sports events:
- Someone has to search through Citi Field from top to bottom to find what’s causing this bad luck. Did a Wilpon break a mirror or something? Of course, in this weird baseball cosmos, it was Carlos Beltran who hit the ball up the middle that deflected off Jeremy Hefner’s pitching arm. Even weirder – Adam Wainwright was pitching for St. Louis. As usual, Mets fans can “Blame Beltran”. Fortunately, Hefrner’s X-rays showed no broken bones. It wouldn’t have surprised me if there had been any.
- I’m still cautious about David Wright returning before Opening Day. He’s so gung-ho about playing, I hope he’s not just saying he’s feeling better so that he can get back in the lineup and then he winds up on the disabled list.
- I know Ruben Tejada is better than the numbers he’s showing in the spring. I hope he can at least hit .280 and play good defense.
- After Hefner got hit, there was a huge debate on Twitter whether or not Zack Wheeler should break camp with the team. I’m on the side of those who think he should be brought up later in the season. It could save the team a lot of money later on and I’ve got him stashed away on my fantasy team, anyways.
- The last thing I am is a Yankees fan, but I’m also kind of sad that Derek Jeter will likely be starting the season on the disabled list, along with Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. I remember when Jeter first came into the league and became famous. There was a Sports Illustrated article that had a picture of a young Jeter’s face barely peeking out through a limousine window. Jeter is now closer to 40 and time and injuries wait for no one, no matter how hard they prepare and play the game.
- I think this may be a really long season for the Bronx Bombers. They are so short-handed at first base, they grabbed Lyle Overbay off the Red Sox scrap heap and are giving him a three-game audition. No pressure or anything, Lyle.
- Tim McCarver is stepping down from the booth after this season. While many people have criticized his work over the past few years, I have nothing but fond memories of his announcing the Mets in the 80s. I even met him once when he was signing books at the book store I worked at and he was nothing but kind and gracious. Have a good retirement, Tim.
- I’m a Giants fan in football, but I’m rooting for Robert Griffin III to be back on the field next season. Such a dynamic player. Washington’s medical staff HAS to be better this year. Has to be. Of course, his sharing my last name has nothing to do with it. Nothing.
- A truly misleading ESPN headline: “D’Antoni not optimistic about World Peace.” He’s thinking about Metta World Peace, the basketball player, not potential harmony on this planet. That would be Phil Jackson’s concern.
- I’d take Megatron at over 2,000 receiving yards in a season, not Dez Bryant.
- I can’t even fathom what half a million dollars worth of jewelry would look like, Shaun Rogers.
- No Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade playing for Miami means the chances of a serious Heat rout are pretty high.
That’s all I can think of for today. I’ll talk to you all tomorrow.
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