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HELLO BASEBALL MY OLD FRIEND

Forget the all but ceremonial opener on the Pacific rim, most people probably already have without being asked. Unless you were a diehard Ichiro Suzuki fan, you probably missed that it even happened. Today is OPENING DAY. No other event signals the beginning of spring like the return of baseball. In ballparks all around the country, many children are mysteriously sick, unable to make it to school, but well enough to chow down on some hot dogs and popcorn. (Do they even sell cracker jacks at ball parks? I don’t care if they ever bring them back) It just wouldn’t…

Mayday! Mayday! Calling the Bullpen!

While the Bronx Bombers have seemingly signed every available closer or former closer to the point that I expect them to sign Sparky Lyle next week, Boston’s old towne team has watched Joe Kelly leave for greener ($$$) pastures in Beverly Hills, while all star closer Craig Kimbrell waits by the phone like a 14 year old boy with bad acne while the Red Sox claim they’re staying in to wash their hair. At this point news breaking that fictional former Boston heart throb Sam May Day Malone was signing would come as a welcome reprieve from a fairly mundane…

JUDGE THE NEXT FACE OF BASEBALL

Is Aaron Judge the next face of baseball? You be the jury. Back in July at a Baseball Writers Association of America event during the all star break, Major League Baseball commish Rob Manfred was quoted as saying that Yankee rookie outfielder Aaron Judge is a player “who can become the face of the game.” Going further to say that Judge was a “tremendous talent on the field, and really appealing off the field”. At the time Judge was tearing the cover off the ball (batting .329 with 30 home runs, 66 RBI, with an OPS. of 1.139),¬†capping off the…

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THE BEST THING TO HIT L.A. SINCE…EVER?

There is a juggernaut being assembled in California. A team absolutely tearing through opponents like Trump goes through Press Secretaries. Piling up wins faster than Vin Diesel can rack up Fast n Furious sequels. The Golden State Warriors and all their fanfare? No, your Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been very good of late, reaching the playoffs every year since 2013, but never making it passed the National League Championship Series. Their last World Series championship occurred in 1988. That is 29 seasons ago. (Does that make anyone else feel really old? Like I can vividly remember…