Monday, March 30, 2015
With a season that is 162 games in length and stretches well over a period of six months, it is hard to tell right now which players will come out with strong statistics when it is all said and done. However, what can be seen up to this point is the production in Spring Training.
While these games do not count for anything, and the starters often play less than half the game, some statistics did surprise me. One team that really stood out was the New York Mets. The Mets have been quite frankly an irrelevant team for a couple of years now, but had an outstanding Spring Training record of 17-11. As a stated before, these games do not necessarily have any meaning or foreshadowing of what might come this season, but the Mets still put up a very impressive showing this spring. Along with them, the Royals, A's, Pirates, and Dodgers, all had records well above .500. While these teams have done well, injuries have plagued others. With the regular seasons starting very soon, I am excited to see what will happen in the first couple of weeks.
As a Cardinals fan it both excites, and pains me to say that the Chicago Cubs are quickly on their way back to being contenders in the NL Central.
It has been many years since the Cubs, and their fans, have been a part of a playoff game located inside the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Luckily the times may soon be changing. With the #1 ranked farm system in baseball, and MLB's #1 prospect, Kris Bryant, the Cubs are not that far away from once again being a team that finds themselves playing deep into the month of October.
The friendly rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals is one that I have enjoyed watching in my years of being a baseball fan. In the early 2000's the dominate Cubs and Cardinals battled and bruised each other throughout the regular season, both always making a strong surge for a playoff spot. While the present day rivalry is still fun to watch, the lack of playoff promise that the Cubs have had in previous years makes it not have that same feeling that those games used to have. With the upcoming stars of the Chicago Cubs that will soon find themselves in the MLB in less than a month, that rivalry will once again flourish as these two teams will undoubtedly put on a show every time they meet this season, and many seasons to come.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tomorrow Thursday March 12, comedian Will Ferrell plans on playing all nine positions in Spring Training games. The actor has had a lot of humorous stunts, but this one, in my opinion, takes the cake. He is going to play in five different games in one day in order to fulfill this plan of playing every position. To add to that, he is flying by helicopter to one of them. Talk about showing up in style! My question is, does he get to bat? I personally would love to see Will Ferrell try and hit against a MLB pitcher. I really hope I get to see him pitch an inning tomorrow against hitters. As a hitter there is no winning in this situation. If you get a hit there is no reward because it was off of an actor, and if he gets you out you will be the laughing stock of the league for years to come. As a fan of baseball and Will Ferrell I very much look forward to watching this happen tomorrow.