I'm not the only one looking for something to write about. Colin Kapernick made headlines saying he was going to stand for the National Anthem from now on. Really? A professional athlete makes news by offering to follow the rules? Okay, if that's all it takes, I'm not going to ogle pretty girls anymore. Actually Annie-O has enforced that rule for many years now, but I can dream.
Don't get too cocky.
For all you Yankee fans who are thrilled at the 7-1 record NY has scored so far in the Grapefruit league: don't let it go to your head. Sure they're hitting the ball hard and their pitchers are dominating, but they aren't really facing major league quality teams. Yesterday, they beat Baltimore 8-1. At least, that was the name on the uniforms. 16 Orioles appeared in that game plus 5 pitchers. I think only 4 of them had ever appeared in a ML game before. Let's see what happens when they start playing for real.
I still don't get this.
Why are they still doing this World Baseball Classic thing? It must be MLB's attempt to interest foreign countries in baseball. I see no good reason for it. I can't imagine a team's front office being happy with some of their stars going off to play in a meaningless tournament before they been able to fully work out and stretch those baseball muscles. Because they seem to go all out to win games, the odds of someone getting hurt is multiplied, especially among the pitchers.
Here it comes, one of my favorite times of the year.
Yes, it's March Madness, boys and girls. After years of frustration and heart-breaking defeats, I refuse to match bracket picks with Annie-O this year. Since I told her this, she's been walking around the house making chicken-clucking sounds, but I will not be deterred.
Well, okay, but this is the last time.
Can't see the forest...
The rule change to eliminate four wide pitches for an intentional walk is now official, which should shorten the length of games by maybe a minute. This is like solving world hunger by giving everyone one oyster cracker. All the other proposed changes - limiting trips to the mound, limiting pitching changes, etc. - have all been rejected by the Players Association. they can be implemented next year without the players consent if they're given a years notice, which they now have. Obviously, it's not just old timers and purists that don't want these changes, it's the players themselves. The people who are suggesting these changes are not the ones who have to live with them. The ones who have to live with them - the players - don't want them. The stupidest rule change , yes stupid, is the suggestion that each extra inning game begin with a runner at second automatically. Sleepy Joe Torre, MLB's yes-man supreme,tried to defend this in an interview and came off as a deer in the headlights, which were the only lights in that room.
For a few years now, sports writers and announcers have expressed dismay over the contract of Jacoby Ellsbury, 7 years for $153 million. They said it was not a good deal for the Yanks. Now they're saying it may be the worst contract ever. In three years with NY, he's hit a very ordinary .270. He's stolen a total of 46 bases in three years, which is what he averaged in his 5 full seasons in Boston. The worst part? The Yanks have him for four more years - and $84 million.
***THEY SAID IT***
" -- Brad Dickson said there is a “zero percent” chance he plays baseball again. Speaking of zero percent chances, the Minnesota Twins have reported to spring training."
"Colin Kaepernick says he is going to stand for national anthem next year. Of course, he may be standing in his living room." -- Janice Hough