Slow news day, in the sports world. I don’t know if anyone gets really excited about the Manager of the Year Award- well, probably the people who win do, but I don’t- and since my Twitter feed always tells me who won the award before they announce it on the mlb.com show, the suspense is non-existent (my fault for looking at my Twitter, but still…). So I was basically in snooze mode, baseball-wise, until I realized: it’s Ryan Braun’s birthday! I am a huge fan of his. So happy 27th birthday, Ryan! In case you’ve forgotten, I Love U. And here are your virtual birthday brownies. Enjoy.
I’ve been reading all this stuff about the possibility of adding another wild card to each league. Honestly, I’m against it. What I’ve read is that it would be a one game playoff or a three game series to determine the wild card winner and since a series that short can easily go either way, I think it could lower the quality of play in the later playoffs and detract from the interest of the teams that really deserve to be there. I don’t think the second wild card team would deserve to be there. What do y’all think? Very curious to hear everyone’s opinions on the pros and cons.
Aside from the red nose, I was accidentally channeling Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer here. I was, of course, trying to show Rangers pride, but I don’t think that was obvious. But aren’t the MLB pumpkins adorable? It was supposed to be a non-partisan thing in my divided house, but the photo sparked a lot of “Go Giants” comments on Facebook. Since when does MLB mean Go Giants?
And despite my protestations of “Shear the Beard” I had a mini Brian Wilson running around my house. As soon as he put on the costume he decided he looked more like Sergio Romo and so he became a Romo/Wilson hybrid. Which would be incredibly odd, for the record.
@MLB tweeted this earlier today: “Pitchers & catchers reported. Opening Day. No-hitters. #ASG. Walk-offs. Foul balls. Shared good times. Clinchers. Does it all end tonight?” Aside from the not very subtle, “WATCH THE GAME TONIGHT” message, it made me think about what I was doing during this year’s spring training. And this year’s opening day. And this year’s All-Star Break. And made me realize that this season has been going on for a long time and it really is time for it to end. Not tonight, but on Thursday, hopefully. I’m sure I’ll be sad when they make the last out- whoever wins- but I’m already pumped for the 2011 season. Lots of games going on every day, winners and losers. I miss games where the announcers don’t say, “I know I’ve said this before, but this is a must-win.” I’m excited to watch the last- ahem, last three- games of the Fall Classic and then I’m going to devote all my energy to getting excited for April and a time when Jon Miller and Dave Flemming broadcast together. I miss that.
X’s and O’s to all,