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Apr. 2nd, 2012 07:58 pm
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At long last.  Baseball season is here!  Yeah, the football team I follow won the Super Bowl and the basketball team I follow had Linsanity.  But I would rather watch a mediocre, under-funded baseball team than even the best football team on Earth.

Which is good, because my beloved Mets have a tiny payroll, no bench, lots of players with histories of injuries, and owners that everyone but me seems to hate.  Odds are that the Mets will finish last, below .500, and play to a half-empty stadium.  I can’t deny that.  But it’s April, and in April every team starts over from scratch.  So I come to the season full of hope that Johan Santana stays healthy, that Daniel Murphy learns to field half as well as he hits, that RA Dickey remains awesome on and off the field, that the handful of highly touted prospects begin to do great things, that the new dimensions of Citi Field revive David Wright, that sometimes the Mets will be fun.

I suspect my hopes will be dashed sometime around July 1.  Maybe sooner, given the quality of the rest of the division.  But right now, I am ready for some baseball, and looking forward to a visit or two to the ballpark.

As for the rest of the sport…

NL East – Phils, Marlins, Braves, Nats, Mets

NL Central – Cards, Brewers, Reds, Pirates, Cubs, Astros

NL West – D-Backs, Giants, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres

NL Wild Cards – Marlins, Giants

NL Champ – Cards


AL East – Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central – Tigers, Indians, Twins, Royals, White Sox

AL West – Rangers, Angels, A’s, Mariners

AL Wild Cards – Yankees, Angels

AL Champ – Rangers

World Series Champ – Rangers, at long last

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The last game of the long, sometimes painful, often weird, 2010 Mets baseball season ended with what we saw most of the year. Read more... )
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Went to today's Mets game. Which they won.

Some observations from my first day game at the new stadium.

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Two items of note from baseball's history today.

- Bobby Thomson, whose "Shot Heard 'Round the World" might be the most famous home run of all time, passed away today. If you know baseball, or were a fan of MASH, you probably know about it. If not, go here.

- A new study in a journal of neuropathy will suggest that many suspected cases of ALS - aka Lou Gehrig's Disease - seen in athletes and soldiers may actually be the result of cumulative head trauma. Athletes such as Lou Gehrig. In other words, he might not have had the ailment named for him. And it's possible that Gehrig's determination to play no matter what may have led to his untimely passing as he failed to recover properly from many suspected concussions. If this is true, it adds new urgency to the efforts to manage and understand head trauma better. Details can be found here.
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I am sure that you have heard of the death of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. He was a larger than life figure and a legend, and I offer condolences to his family, friends and fans.

But after a day of increasingly awestruck coverage, I have to note this: he is why I am a Mets fan. I was an Yankees fan for a time but left when he fired Yogi Berra as manager two weeks into the season. That was enough. I appreciate all that he did to make sure his teams won, but in the end, I think I would rather not approach life that way. Even if it means casting my lot with the "losers."
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Today is not the first time Spain and the Netherlands are facing each other. But the stakes are much lower than in this instance.
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Bob Sheppard, who served as the public address announcers of the Yankees for years upon years, has passed on at the age of 99. He was part of New York baseball, whether you love or hate the team in the Bronx. No one had a voice like his. He is, like Vin Scully and the ballpark organist, a throwback to another era. Reggie Jackson called him "the voice of God." This sums it up well, I think.

His voice will still be here at Yankees game for a while longer, as Derek Jeter insists that a recording of Sheppard be used to introduce his at bats. I suspect that when the Yanks return home after the All-Star Game, Jeter's first at bat will be an emotional one.

Rest well, Mr. Sheppard.
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LeBron is joining the Evil League of Evil. He will be known as Dark Dr. J.


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