It is definitely Spring. Positively, for surely Spring. It has to be! It is opening day. Not sure why it is still 38 degrees outside or why it snowed this last weekend, but by golly, I know it’s officially Spring now! Bring on the baseball!
With the Giants being the reigning World Champions, it is safe to guess that they could be repeat champs. Just ask them! They have star power, torturous talent and the beards to prove it! So…will they repeat? Can they?
As I can hear the bay area answering a proud, “Yes!” I must break down this season and give my own analytical observation. First of all, let’s see how I am doing on predictions thus far. Auburn, check. Green Bay Packers, check. Kentucky, made it to Final Four, half check. Kevin Harvick, is still winning, check. Sure would be nice if I could get a job, eh?
Ok, ok, enough of that. Let’s get busy and talk baseball, shall we?
Right off the top I am going to say Astros are out. Poor guys. It is not that they aren’t getting any love from me, it is just that they are rebuilding to regain a strong status (just won’t happen in the near future). Keep practicing.
I think the Reds will be the strongest in the Central division. Ramon Hernandez is just that good.
In the West, Giants and Dodgers are going to bring a divisional rivalry showdown again. It’ll be down to the wire between these two teams this season. Come on, it’s Don Mattingly’s time to shine (and keep his players cool)!
In the East, I’ve been impressed with the Phillies. They show up year after year and just cut themselves short during playoffs. If they can keep composure together for the entire season, I would put them in the running again. Besides, I’m a Halladay fan. Along with the Braves (who are generally strong contenders) look for these two teams to dominate the 2011 season. Moreover, the Mets are in trouble financially and with manager struggles. Not sure their talent (minus leadership) will be enough to give them what they need this season.
The Angel’s are packed! Almost double stacked! They are looking good and when being led by Jered Weaver, I would expect nothing less than excitement! Follow that with Torii Hunter and you have solid contention to lead the West division.
For some reason it is hard to pick a dominate team from the Central division. I am not seeing a whole lot that has impressed me other than spring training. KC and Minnesota looked good. However, if I see something that overwhelms me come along, I’ll be sure to report on it on my Facebook page.
Ah, yes, the East. The dynasty of the East. The lingering soap opera of the dramatic disdain between the Sox and the Yanks. Sure makes for good baseball and TV contract money. I admit, that it certainly gives life to the MLB, but lets not kid ourselves. There is a LOT more to the game than just these two legacies. I’ll remain neutral on these teams for no other reason than the Rays are going to be fierce this season. They are not going down without being noticed!
For the 2011 World Series I am taking the Angels and the Reds.
Save your tomatoes for post season, folks. You can bring them along with the lettuce to the World Series BBQ I will be having. I’ll provide the hamburgers, hot dogs and apple pie!
Let’s play ball!!