… time to PLAY BALL!
Here we are with Spring Training nearly over and the season starting, and I haven’t posted one baseball article here yet. What’s up with that? I’m sad to admit that I haven’t even listened to one Spring Training game on the radio this year, either. I just haven’t been in a baseball mood, I guess. Well, I better shake off that ennui and get my cow bell ringing. The Rays are making their run for the World Series again this year.
It’s not anything new, of course. Many teams in the AL and NL are making this same run for themselves. Who’s going to actually play in that BIG series in October, though? Who’s going to have a .500 season? Will the usual teams be down in the bottom of the win/loss barrel? What kind of surprises will the boys of summer have for us this year? Only time will resolve this mystery for us. Until then, plain old fans like me will be on their blogs and pro talking heads will be on their radio/tv shows speculating up a storm.
I’ve been following the Rays Spring Training a bit from articles in the excellent Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) sports section this past few days; ever since renewing my home delivery of that paper at a rate so low that I almost felt guilty signing up for it. Every man has his price. Anyway, I see Joe Maddon is up to his usual Spring Training sandbagging tricks. He never shows his hand too much during this time.
Look! Here’s some speculation now from The Bleacher Report:
By Zachary D. Rymer (Featured Columnist) on March 23, 2012
World Series: San Francisco Giants vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Prediction: Rays in seven
Man! I like this guy’s predictions! 🙂
The Cardinals and Miami Marlins will begin the season with the opening of Florida’s new ballpark on Wednesday, April 4. Oh, boy! Just writing about this stuff has got the ol’ ticker going a bit faster. I can smell the fresh cut grass, the peanuts and popcorn, the stale beer, and week old urine in the ballpark bathrooms. Mmmm-mmm! BASEBALL! Get on out to the park with the whole family. It’s baseball, folks… the great American (Latin American, Canadian, and Japanese) pastime!
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