When you think baseball, you think home runs; stolen bases, and diving catches. You think of robbing home runs off the wall and 10+ strikeout games from quality pitchers. When you think about baseball you do not really think about fighting! The bench-clearing brawl, which is one of the dumbest things in baseball to date, went a little overboard last week in San Diego.
It is finally starting to feel like spring, it took long enough, hopefully this time there will not be a random snow storm; either way people are finally free from old man winter. Funny enough though, I want April to end fast! Why? you might ask, well there are a couple of cool and fun things to look forward to in May. What am I talking about exactly? Well I will tell you! First off, anyone in Cegep or University is free at last! Unless you have summer school, most of the older students will be off from school till the fall, which means time to re-charge out batteries, work and of course have a lot of fun and enjoy some entertainment.
Jays Season Opener!
The Toronto Blue jays are set to start their season on April 2nd against the Cleveland Indians. This season is expected to be a good one for the Toronto franchise; there have been many great acquisitions over the off-season. Continue reading
The other day I stumbled upon an article from CBS sports and it was not the happiest article that I found either. The article was titled “Baseball’s dying breed” and underneath it was a picture of Tim Raines. It was an article about the last remaining expos in the majors that wore an expos jersey. There are roughly about 15 players with an honourable mention towards an Expos great.
Many Expos fans may hate to see the Nationals succeed in any way and hope that they stay a seller dweller forever. Unfortunately that did happen last year, although there were probably a lot of smirks when Stephen Strasburg was shut down and would be pitching in the playoffs, then watching the Nats get eliminated 3 games to 2 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Now with the 2013 season approaching the Nats look to continue their success this season with Stephen Strasburg to pitch the entire season and what the Nationals hope a second consecutive post-season run. Continue reading
With the Toronto Blue Jays making a big splash in the off-season I got really excited for the upcoming baseball season, but it also had me day dreaming about the team that made many people fall in love with, but also broke many of their hearts, the Montreal Expos, nos amours. The Montreal Expos started their first season in 1969 and was a true gem in the eyes of Montrealers, Canadians and baseball fans, nevertheless with a lot of bad luck after the 94 strike the Expos left town after the 2004 season which created a hole in many of our hearts. This post however is not about how sad or angry I am about losing the Expos, it is about the happy thoughts that come to mind and about the great times I had in the cavarness Olympic Stadium with the team I loved and enjoyed going to see. Before I go down memory lane in the BIG O I need to share some history in to how and why I started to like baseball and the Spos.
The term “looks good on paper” is thrown around quite frequently in sports and this baseball off-season has not been any different with a possible change coming this MLB season. The AL East is part of this possible change with the new dominant team being the Toronto Blue Jays; well at least “on paper” they look like the new dominant leader of the AL East. Anyone who knows baseball will agree that the American League East is the hardest division for any team to play in with the Red Sox and Yankees who are always paying top dollar for players to come to these respective clubs; but that is not all, in recent years the Tampa Bay Rays have built a strong team to contend with through their farm system and it has shown great results with 3 playoff appearances and making it to the World Series in 2008 only to lose it to the Phillies. There is also the Baltimore Orioles who made the playoffs last year like the Rays through a farm system and a few trades that made that team very successful last year. So where does this leave the Jays? Well they have not had a first place win since 1993 when they won the World Series, and the last time they were in second place was 2006 and they were still 10 games back of first place so it has been a significantly long time since the Jays were a threat. With this season being full of injuries and a 73-89 record to finish this season off things were looking grim, even on paper things looked bad with the Jays needing to fill major holes such as starting pitch and holes in the middle infield even with the players like Jose Bautista who were injured over the season, returning the team looked like it was doomed to repeat itself. Continue reading