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Friday, February 10, 2017

The anticipation hurts

It’s a cold but mild winter in comparison to the typical today in Cincinnati as I sit here on this February morning. I realize I have not posted in a long time but have found it difficult to keep up with the website alone and really just want to enlist a few writers.

I’d like to start this overdue post by recapping some of the things we have seen since the All-Star break. We have (as baseball fans) witnessed a running joke come to an end, all the while another begins in it’s place. The Chicago Cubs go on to beat the formidable Cleveland Indians in 7 games in very dramatic fashion. I watched glued to the tv screen until midnight and after watching post-game feeds despite having to be up for work at 4 a.m. I didn’t care, too much was on the line for the sport I love. History was hanging in the balance and no matter who would have won that series it was going to be magical and iconic for either franchise in a lot of the same ways.
Cleveland has seen 3 World Series now in the last 20 years and has lost all three. There is something to be said about that. You cannot credit them as champions but in the same breath don’t they deserve some recognition for getting there? We recently have seen Cleveland call up young superstars like Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin. Jason Kipnis is stellar, Gomes is nice. The pitching staff looks excellent with Kluber leading the helm. Andrew Miller is an integral piece to a bullpen and was an all-star break trade acquisition that paid off better than Cleveland could have planned it. This is me giving credit where credit is due. I have never been a Cleveland fan but I’ve also never hated them either. They’re underdogs and I like to see the underdog do well but to change the tune a little they came up against a bigger underdog in October 2016.

The Chicago Cubs… The curse of the goat.... Bad luck incarnate.

Let’s talk about the front office trend of rebuilding a team by gutting it and look at this example of it paying off beautifully! And let’s look at the Houston Astros and how they picked Carlos Correa over Kris Bryant in the 201 ametuer draft (which in hindsight seems insane!).
Chicago played one of the franchise’s best seasons ever with a loaded lineup and all the right key elements. Their backs were against the wall but they went on to quiet the skeptics. Their reigning Cy Young award winning pitcher Jake Arrietta co-led a rotation with acquired ace Jon Lester with an ace-quality pitching staff. Then you have Rizzo and Bryant as the obvious superstars but then you have Russel, Baez, Zobrist, Contreras, Soler, Schwarber. The line-up is deep and the talent shined in the playoffs.
Since the world series ended we’ve seen a flurry of trades and free agent pick-ups but for the most part it’s all been dull and uneventful this offseason. Dexter Fowler leaves Chicago. Edwin Encarnacion signs with Cleveland as they attempt to stay atop the AL Central. David Ortiz retires, Boston acquires Chris Sale. New York gets Aroldis Chapman back after renting him to Chicago for top prospect Gleyber Torres. It baffles me how players like Jason Hammel and Chris Carter (Who led the league in homeruns!!!) took this long to be signed.
So we are now caught up for the most part with the exclusion I’m sure of many significant bits of information that I’m sure I missed. I sit here pained as I wait for spring training to begin and for baseball to step back into the spotlight. This offseason I’ve gone mad without it and found myself engaged with college basketball more than I normally am and I got to say it’s exciting but it’s no baseball to me. I feel like I’m faking interest in the absence of spring and summer.
I’m planning to take a day off of work to attend the Cincinnati Reds opening day festivities and just get back into the excitement of the impending season. My home team has a lot of reasons to be optimistic but also a lot of uncertainties that make it hard to argue and debate they won’t lose another 90+. It was just announced that Homer Bailey had surgery again to have bone chips removed from his elbow. This guy annoys me to no end. Throws 2 no-hitters and gets paid a whopping sum of money that probably should’ve gone to Johnny Cueto and then gets hurt for a few years while he collects checks and majorly impacts payroll. And people wanna gripe about what Joey Votto gets paid. The difference here is Votto is an everyday player who deserves his contract but is being wasted by the team around him in his prime years.

Rant over.

Let’s get back to baseball! I can smell the Spring weather! (figuratively of course)

Here is a countdown clock for Spring Training



Benjamin Hymer said...

Aww it has been too long. For me college football and now hockey have become my time killers. I just don't have the same feeling about those sports that I do when its baseball season. Even with my team the Royals there are some pretty grim predictions out there. But my new favorite saying is "that my friends is why they play the games". Shout out to Chris Berman.In spring hope "springs" eternal. New season, new excitement, new hope. Lets all applaud the impending start for the (drum roll please) 2017 MLB Season...we have waited long enough.

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